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May 16, 2019

Sixty-five years after the landmark Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decision that found racial segregation in schools unconstitutional, families and education advocates are still suing to compel states to uphold their education funding obligations. But policymakers could avoid court disputes altogether by ensuring the proper level and distribution of money in their K-12 budgets...

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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
May 1, 2019

Summer is often a time to repair and improve school buildings or finish building new ones, but the nation’s K-12 schools — especially in low-income neighborhoods — have been neglected for years. The coming onset of summer provides a timely reminder that states should move more forcefully to help address the need.

State cuts to K-12 education over the past decade have affected more than...

Capital Spending for K-12 Schools Well Below 2008 Levels
May 1, 2019

Update, July 12: we’ve updated this post.

I’ve noted that the new federal Opportunity Zone (OZ) tax incentive program will automatically cut state as well as federal taxes for individuals and corporations investing in distressed areas unless...

Stack of Bills
April 29, 2019

Update, July 12: we’ve updated this post.

With the IRS issuing investor-friendly draft regulations for the new Opportunity Zone (OZ) tax incentive program, investments in OZ investment funds will likely accelerate. Before they do, state lawmakers should...

April 24, 2019

The country’s severe shortage of qualified public elementary and secondary school teachers, which a new Economic Policy Institute (EPI) report details, demonstrates states’ need to raise adequate revenue not only to boost teacher pay but also to provide the resources that high-quality schools require.

While teacher protests over the...

Empty Desks
April 16, 2019

New Mexico policymakers are strengthening communities and families with their new budget and tax plans. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed tax reforms into law last week that reduce tax breaks for multistate corporations and the wealthiest New Mexicans, boost incomes for 200,000 low-income households, and reduce the state’s overreliance on volatile oil revenues. Policymakers paired the tax...

Higher Income for Poor Children Expected to Boost Work and Earnings Later in Life
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
April 9, 2019

April 15 marks the deadline for families and businesses to file their federal income taxes, which support an array of crucial services all over America. But state taxes play an equally crucial role in families’ and communities’ well-being. Different approaches to raising state tax revenue can lessen, or worsen, economic inequality and...

More Than Half of State Tax Revenues Fund Education and Health Care
April 1, 2019

Many states this year have adopted or are considering budget and policy changes that don’t involve health care programs directly but can measurably improve residents’ health, such as improving their tax codes, raising the minimum wage, and investing in education. Things like access to food, affordable housing, high-quality schools, and economic opportunity significantly affect people’s and...

State and Local Budget Decisions Affect Health Outcomes