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Amazon's Brawl with States Hurting Local Communities

As ABC reports today, Amazon.com is fighting North Carolina’s attempt to collect sales taxes that residents owe on their online purchases. This is one of several ongoing fights between the company and states trying to...

Q & A with January Angeles on Health Reform and the States

Today, we sat down with one of our health policy analysts, January Angeles, to discuss how the new health reform law is a good deal for states.

A Reality Check on Health Reform

We’ve launched a series of fact sheets called Moving Forward with Health Reform to help people (especially non-wonks) understand how the new health reform law will work — and whether the claims from opponents are...

In Case You Missed It...

This week on Off the Charts, we took a closer look at the economy and efforts by states to balance their budgets.

Q & A with Jim Horney on Health Reform and the Deficit, Part 5

This Q & A is part five in a series on myths about health reform and its impact on the federal budget deficit with Jim Horney, our director of federal fiscal policy.

Today's Jobs Report in Pictures

As we said in this morning’s statement, there’s lots of good news in the April jobs report, but we’re going to need many more months like April to pull unemployment down toward pre-recession levels. The...

QPAI RIP?

To help balance the state’s budget, the Vermont legislature has voted to suspend a scheduled increase in an obscure corporate tax break known as the “domestic production deduction.” It’s a sensible move. Other states with...

States Split on Taxing the Poor, Cont.

To follow up on last week’s post on state taxes and the working poor (and TAPPED’s post on our recent report), these maps show the progress states have made over the past two decades in...

Q & A With Nick Johnson on State Budgets and Education Reform

As today’s USA Today details, policymakers, unions, and celebrities are speaking out against large-scale teacher layoffs across the country — the Obama Administration estimates that as many as 300,000 teachers could lose their jobs. School...

State Budget Cuts Slowing Economy

Analyzing the new GDP figures issued Friday, which showed state and local spending falling at the fastest rate in three decades, Matt Yglesias made the important point that the large cuts in state and local...