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September 22, 2017

Senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham’s bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would annually shift tens and then hundreds of billions in health care costs to the states and also make it harder for states to raise their own share of Medicaid funds — despite Cassidy and Graham’s statements about respecting state flexibility. This one-two punch would severely strain state...

money puzzle
September 15, 2017

The economy has fueled income gains across the states, yet Congress is considering proposals that would undermine them. As we reported Tuesday, incomes rose nationally more from 2014 to 2016 than in any other two-year period in five decades. Now, according to...

Widespread Progress in Household Income
August 24, 2017

A decade since the Great Recession hit, state spending on public colleges and universities remains well below historic levels, despite recent increases, our major new report details.

Overall state funding for public two- and four-year colleges in the 2017...

State Funding for Higher Education Remains Far Below Pre-Recession Levels in Most States

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Program Director, State Policy Fellowship Program

August 18, 2017

More than a dozen states enacted major revenue increases and/or rejected tax cuts in the 2017 legislative year. States’ desire to strengthen their revenue systems is wise, given that two-thirds of the states are facing or have addressed revenue shortfalls for this fiscal year and/or next year,...

August 10, 2017

This has been a blockbuster year for state earned income tax credits (EITCs) — one of the most common-sense tools we have for helping low-income workers make ends meet. Three state legislatures adopted new EITCs in 2017, three expanded existing credits, and two took...

29 States and DC Have Enacted Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs), 2017
August 10, 2017

The condition of roads, bridges, schools, water treatment plants, and other physical assets greatly influences the economy’s ability to function and grow. Commerce requires well-maintained roads, railroads, airports, and ports. Growing communities rely on well-functioning water and sewer systems and uncrowded, safe schools. Every state needs infrastructure improvements that have the potential...

State and Local Spending on Infrastructure Is at 30-Year Low
June 15, 2017

Kansas’ legislature overrode Governor Brownback’s veto last week and nearly fully undid the massive income tax cuts that it enacted five years ago. A Republican-run legislature overruling a Republican governor over the wisdom of big tax cuts has garnered widespread attention. In other...

State Legislative Chamber
May 26, 2017

Today is the 25th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Quill decision, which has cost states and localities tens of billions of dollars in uncollected sales taxes and hurt many local businesses. Quill reaffirmed a 1967 decision...

May 24, 2017

President Trump’s budget would shift massive new costs to states by cutting federal funding for health care, food assistance, and many other areas. States can’t afford to assume these costs without raising taxes significantly so, instead, they’d very likely cut many key investments and public services.

Specifically, the Trump budget slashes:

Medicaid. The budget...
Budget Plans - Chartbook
May 24, 2017

Update, June 7:  On June 6, the Kansas legislature, by a bipartisan two-thirds majority, overrode Gov. Brownback’s veto of a bill reversing most of the Brownback tax cuts.  We’ve update the timeline below accordingly.

Five years ago this week, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed one of the biggest income tax cuts a state has ever enacted, promising that they’d act “like a shot...