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November 15, 2018

States and localities can do more to help undo the harmful legacies of racism and the damage of continuing racial bias and discrimination, a major new Center report finds. If state policymakers can design their budget and tax policies to better address these harms and...

November 9, 2018

Voters in a number of states approved ballot measures on Tuesday that should substantially enhance equity and inclusion. As newly elected governors — several of whom campaigned on boosting funding for schools and health — and legislators join with returning lawmakers in January, they should advance policies that ensure everyone has the chance to fulfill their potential regardless of where they...

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November 5, 2018

State spending cuts to public colleges and universities have forced many students to assume onerous debt or abandon higher education altogether, as we’ve explained. For students of color, the harms of carrying this debt are compounded by racial discrimination in...

People of Color Make Up Growing Share of College Attendees
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Senior Policy Analyst
Program Director, State Policy Fellowship Program

October 30, 2018

Most states have most or all of the “rainy day” funds — reserves to use when recessions or other unexpected events cause revenue declines or spending increases — needed to weather a moderate recession, but they still face many risks, according to the bond rating agencies...

One-Third of States Unprepared for Moderate Recession
October 18, 2018

North Carolina voters will decide in November whether to tighten the cap on the state’s income tax rate, which would make it harder to fund schools, health care, and other public services while overwhelmingly benefiting the state’s wealthiest families.

The ballot measure would amend the state constitution to reduce the cap on...

Large Budget Shortfalls Loom for North Carolina Due to Tax Cuts
October 17, 2018

State and local tax systems can be a powerful tool for boosting economic opportunity, creating broadly shared prosperity, and building equitable state economies. But in nearly every state, they’re reinforcing and often worsening inequality, as the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy shows in a new report.

The new study of the state and local...

Lowest-Income Households Pay Highest State and Local Taxes
October 4, 2018

A decade since the Great Recession, state spending on public colleges and universities remains well below historical levels, contributing to dramatic cost increases for students and families, our major new report explains. That’s left many students with little...

State Funding for Higher Education Remains Far Below Pre-Recession Levels in Most States
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Senior Policy Analyst
Program Director, State Policy Fellowship Program

September 14, 2018

After several years of lower poverty rates, higher income, and broader health coverage, gains slowed — and in some cases stalled — in the states in 2017, new Census data show. For example, fewer states reduced their share of people below the federal poverty line (about $25,000 for a family of four), according to...

Child Poverty Fell in Fewer States in 2017 Than 2016
September 13, 2018

The benefits from the nation’s continuing economic recovery haven’t been shared equally across racial and ethnic groups, and even the gains that we’ve seen are slowing, new Census Bureau data show. That heightens the need for states to advance policies that can tear down racial and ethnic barriers to economic opportunity.

Building strong, thriving state economies and communities...

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September 11, 2018

Teachers in every state are paid less on average than other similarly educated workers, according to a new report by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) and the University of California, Berkeley’s Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics (CWED), and the gap is growing. This erosion reflects state policy choices, not weak state...

States With Biggest Teacher Wage Gaps Have Cut General School Funding

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