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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.

Tax Day Highlights States’ Promise and Peril

Strong tax systems are a foundation for states to expand opportunity, promote fairness and equity, and foster broadly shared success. When policymakers prioritize efforts to protect and...

American Rescue Plan Act: 2 Years Later

Since Congress enacted the American Rescue Plan in March 2021, the Rescue Plan and other major federal aid have made the COVID-19 recession the shortest on record and bolstered a strong economic...