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October 25, 2019

While state disinvestment in public higher education has helped drive rising tuition across the country, as we explain in our new report, tuition is rarely the total price that college students face.

In fact, students face a range of other...

Students in class
October 24, 2019

Deep state higher education funding cuts over the last decade helped drive rapid, significant tuition increases and pushed more of college costs to students, making it harder for them to enroll and graduate, as we explain in our new report. The cuts also worsened...

State Funding for Higher Education Fell Dramatically During and After the Great Recession
October 8, 2019

Fewer Americans struggled to make ends meet in 2018, but progress on income growth was felt unevenly across states as well as racial and ethnic groups, new data from the Census...

Money House
August 27, 2019

The Arizona Board of Regents voted to lower tuition for students who are undocumented, bringing the state one step closer to full tuition equity. Its action last week adds to a series of policy improvements this year in the states...

21 States Plus DC Have Inclusive Higher Education Policies for Immigrants
August 22, 2019

As children across the country begin a new school year, their schools’ facilities and equipment aren’t as modern as they should be, due to sharp cuts in state funding for school capital projects over the past decade. As a share of the economy, state capital funding for schools — for example, to build new schools, renovate and expand facilities, and install more modern technologies — was still...

Child reading book at table in school library
August 21, 2019

The Trump Administration has launched numerous efforts – often wrapped in inflammatory, racist rhetoric — to marginalize immigrants, including community raids and deportations, the separation of children from families at the border, and rules around who may come to and stay in this country that hearken back to white supremacist ideas of who belongs here. But as our...

Maine state house
August 1, 2019

Most states provide costly, poorly targeted income tax breaks to seniors regardless of their income, reinforcing the unequal distribution of income and wealth that was driven in part by years of discrimination and other barriers for people of color. Re-targeting...

White Seniors Likelier to Have Retirement Account Income
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
July 11, 2019

Alaska’s legislature is convening this week to debate whether to override Governor Mike Dunleavy’s vetoes of more than $400 million (about 10 percent of state spending) from the budget — 85 percent...

State Legislative Chamber
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

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