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December 12, 2018

The nation’s wealth is concentrated in the hands of a few (see graphic), and state tax systems have contributed to that concentration as wealthy individuals and corporations used their power to shape state tax policies to benefit themselves. But better state tax policies could help build...

Wealth Heavily Concentrated at the Top
December 10, 2018

With Puerto Rico’s governor signing a major tax package into law today, the Commonwealth is slated to implement a local Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) in 2019. The EITC is a proven and much-needed tool that should help the Commonwealth combat high levels of poverty (...

Puerto Rico's New EITC Will Boost Working Households' Incomes
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

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