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States Should Tax Wealth to Respond to COVID-19

September 23, 2020

Families’ access to wealth has largely determined how they’re affected by COVID-19, with wealthier and higher-paid families mostly avoiding the worst health and economic effects. This divergence reflects both racial and class inequities. As states face sizeable budget shortfalls due to the pandemic, they should raise taxes on wealthy people to preserve funding for crucial priorities such as...

High-Wage Workers Have Recovered Most Lost Jobs, But Low-Wage Job Losses Persist

States Should Follow California and Colorado, Extend EITC to More Immigrants

August 4, 2020

States should follow the recent lead of California and Colorado and make their state Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs) more inclusive for people regardless of their immigration status. That would help expand economic opportunity for all their...

Postal Worker Making Deliveries

3 Reasons Why States Should Tap Rainy Day Funds Now

June 17, 2020

The grim outlook for state economies over the next year will be even grimmer if states don’t fully use an important tool: their rainy day funds. Doing so can help lessen COVID-19’s health and economic harm and help states focus their responses on the hardest-hit...

In Focus: Most States Using Rainy Day Funds in Great Recession Kept or Boosted Their Credit Rating

States Should Support Struggling Families through EITCs

March 9, 2020

Governors and lawmakers in numerous states have proposed creating or expanding state Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs) this year. By approving these proposals, states can build on the federal EITC’s well-documented, long-term benefits for children while improving...

29 States Plus DC and Puerto Rico Have EITCs

States Still Have Time to Support the 2020 Census

July 31, 2019

States should take steps now to help ensure a full and accurate census count.

37 States and D.C. Have Taken Action Towards a Complete 2020 Census Count

States Improving Tax Credits for Working Families

July 9, 2019

Six of the 29 states (plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico) with Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs) are expanding them this year, which will help low-paid workers and their families meet basic needs. (See map.) These expansions will supplement the federal EITC’s...

Six States Expanded Their Earned Income Tax Credits in 2019

Alaska Governor Embraces Formula for Decline as Colorado Lawmakers Vote to Relax Theirs

July 1, 2019

Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy is proposing two constitutional amendments that would severely restrict the state’s ability to invest in its future — much like the “Taxpayer Bill of Rights” (TABOR) in Colorado that has driven state funding crises ever since its enactment more than two decades ago, and that also has limited investments in education, infrastructure, and other key building blocks...

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Delaware Should Give Lowest-Income Working Families Full Access to EITC

June 20, 2019

Delaware policymakers have another chance this year to enable thousands more working households to get the full value of the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), even if it exceeds their income taxes. This change, to make the credit “refundable,” would help working families earning very low wages better meet their basic needs.

Many low-wage jobs...

Delaware, With Non-Refundable EITC, Has Higher Taxes on Lowest-Income Families

States Continue Raising Low-Wage Worker Pay

May 15, 2019

Millions of low-paid workers in Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, and New Mexico will soon have higher wages and a better shot at economic success thanks to new state minimum wage increases.

In Focus: Wages for Low-Paid Workers Nearly Same as 40 Years Ago

Virginia Misses Chance to Advance Racial Equity

April 10, 2019

Virginia ended its 2019 legislative session after enacting a new tax law that failed to expand the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for low-wage workers. An EITC expansion would have reduced racial inequities in income since the state’s low-wage workers are disproportionately African American, in part due to historical racism and...

Making Virginia's EITC Refundable Would Benefit Families Earning Low Wages