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State EITCs Make Work Pay for People of Color and Women

August 31, 2018

Labor Day celebrates workers’ contributions to America’s prosperity. But even as our economy is growing, many people of color and women are struggling to get by on low wages. States can help make work pay by creating or...

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States Can Help Ensure a Complete 2020 Census Count

August 27, 2018

The federal government is responsible for conducting a fair and accurate census every ten years, but that’s in jeopardy for 2020: inadequate and delayed funding and the Commerce Secretary’s last-minute decision to add an untested citizenship question will both likely reduce participation. Therefore, states can and should take steps now to help ensure a successful count — that is, one...

15 States Have Taken Action Towards a Complete 2020 Census Count

State EITC Expansions Will Help Millions of Workers and Their Families

July 27, 2018

Update, July 31: We’ve clarified the description of Maryland’s EITC expansion.

Seven states boosted — or will soon boost — their Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs) this year to help low-wage working families meet basic needs. These state EITC expansions will supplement the federal EITC’s...

Twenty-Nine States and D.C. Have Enacted Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs), 2018

Florida’s Supermajority Proposal Would Deepen K-12 Funding Crisis

June 20, 2018

Florida has cut K-12 education funding significantly since 2008, making it harder for the state's communities to thrive and for its economy to offer broadly shared opportunity. A ballot measure this fall requiring a supermajority vote in the legislature to raise revenues risks making those deep cuts permanent.

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Florida Cuts to Per-Pupil Spending Second-Highest Since Great Recession

Supermajority Requirement Stymied Sensible Tax Reforms in Oklahoma

March 26, 2018

A requirement in some states that tax-raising legislation pass only with supermajorities in each house can limit the ability of state lawmakers to promote broad-based prosperity. Oklahoma’s supermajority requirement, among the nation’s strictest, caused the defeat earlier this year of much-needed tax reforms that would have begun to address...

Oklahoma Tax Revenues Have Dropped by 17 Percent Since 1990 as Share of Personal Income

New Federal Tax Law Reduces Value of State EITCs

February 28, 2018

The federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) helps working families making low wages meet basic needs, but the new federal tax law will erode the credit’s value over time. Since all but one of the 29 states (and the District of Columbia) with state-level EITCs...

New Tax Law Erodes Federal and State EITCs by Slowing Their Inflation Growth

North Carolina Tax Cuts Have Worsened Racial Wealth Inequities

February 27, 2018

Tax cut proponents claim that North Carolina’s tax cutting is a model for other states that want to boost their economies, but the tax cuts not only produced no economic surge and set the stage for ...

2013 Tax Cuts Worsen Racial Wealth Inequities in North Carolina

TABOR: Holding Colorado Back, 25 Years Later

November 3, 2017

Twenty-five years ago today, Colorado voters approved the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR), a constitutional amendment limiting annual state and local spending and revenue growth to a rigid, arbitrary formula and mandating voter approval of all tax increases, among other restrictions. TABOR proceeded to undermine Colorado’s ability to pay for the building blocks of thriving communities and a...

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State EITC Wins Help Spread Prosperity

August 10, 2017

This has been a blockbuster year for state earned income tax credits (EITCs) — one of the most common-sense tools we have for helping low-income workers make ends meet. Three state legislatures adopted new EITCs in 2017, three expanded existing credits, and two took...

29 States and DC Have Enacted Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs), 2017