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Policy Basics

State and local governments provide most funding for K-12 education, public colleges and universities, health care, transportation, public safety, and other services. 

They finance these services mainly through income and sales taxes and fees. We analyze budget and tax policies and work with state officials and state-based nonprofits to develop policies that address the needs of families with low incomes.

States Should Center Black Women in Tax Reform

States and localities can realize more equitable, thriving economies by using their revenue policies to address the marginalization and exploitation of Black women. As I explain in a new...

Tax Day 2024: Five State Tax Trends to Watch

Critical debates over the role of state revenues in supporting people’s needs are playing out in statehouses nationwide, with serious implications for family well-being, economic opportunity,...