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Tax Cuts and Continued Consequences: States That Cut Taxes the Most during the 1990s Still Lag Behind
12/19/06
Nicholas Johnson and Brian Filipowich
HTML, PDF, 12pp.

The Current Services Baseline: A Tool for Making Sensible Budget Choices
12/14/06
Elizabeth McNichol and Ifie Okwuje
HTML, PDF, 11pp.

Gifts That Keep On Giving: A Shopping List for Improving State Fiscal Policies in the 2007 Legislative Sessions
Nicholas Johnson
12/6/06
HTML, PDF, 4pp.

Together, State Minimum Wages and State Earned Income Tax Credits Make Work Pay
Jason A. Levitis and Nicholas Johnson
Revised 11/20/06
HTML, PDF, 11pp.

Which States Tax the Sale of Food for Home Consumption in 2006?
Revised 11/16/06
HTML, PDF, 2pp.

State Budgets: On the Edge?
Elizabeth C. McNichol and Iris J. Lav
Revised 11/8/06
HTML, PDF, 16pp.

A Rising Number of State Earned Income Tax Credits Are Helping Working Families Escape Poverty
Ifie Okwuje and Nicholas Johnson
Revised 10/20/06
HTML, PDF, 6pp.

Tax Cuts on Layaway: The Short– and Long-term Fiscal Implications of 2006 State Tax Actions
Nicholas Johnson and Liz McNichol
10/10/06
HTML, PDF, 9pp.

Double Jeopardy For Local Services Under TABOR: Property Tax Increases Are Likely Result
Karen Lyons and Iris J. Lav
Revised 10/5/06
Full Report: HTML, PDF, 9pp.
Press Release: HTML, PDF 2pp.
Fact Sheet: HTML, PDF 2pp.

State Taxes on Inherited Wealth Remain Common: 24 States Levy an Estate or Inheritance Tax
Elizabeth C. McNichol
Revised 9/8/06
HTML, PDF, 2pp.

States Still Playing "Catch-Up" In New Budget
Elizabeth C. McNichol, Iris J. Lav, and Ifie Okwuje
8/2/06
HTML, PDF, 6pp.

Press Release:
House To Consider Restricting States’ Authority To Tax Corporate Profits: Bill Would Cost States $3 Billion Annually, Says CBO
7/24/06
HTML, PDF, 2pp.

SOS (TABOR) Will Not Jumpstart Michigan’s Economy
Karen Lyons and Iris J. Lav
7/18/06
HTML, PDF, 11pp.

A State of Decline: What TASC Would Mean for Nevada
Karen Lyons
7/14/06
HTML, PDF, 9pp.

Estate Tax "Compromise" Proposals May Endanger State Estate and Inheritance Taxes
Elizabeth C. McNichol
Revised 6/23/06
HTML, PDF, 4pp.

The Impact of Hawaii's Income Tax on Low-Income Families: An Update
Jason A. Levitis and Nicholas Johnson
5/4/06
HTML, PDF, 2pp.

A “Super” Bad Idea: Requiring a Two-thirds Legislative Supermajority to Raise Taxes Protects Special Interest Tax Breaks and Gives Budget Veto Power to a Small Minority of Legislators
Nicholas Johnson
4/25/06
HTML, PDF, 7pp.

A Taxpayer Bill of Rights by Any Other Name: Montana's "Stop OverSpending" Proposal is a TABOR
Karen Lyons and Iris J. Lav
4/21/06
HTML, PDF, 7pp.

A Dubious Honor For Hawaii: Legislative Action in Alabama Moves Hawaii's Income Tax to the Top in Taxing Poor Working Families
Jason A. Levitis and Nicholas Johnson
4/17/06
HTML, PDF, 2pp.

Education and Investment, Not TABOR, Fueled Colorado’s Economic Growth in 1990s
Karen Lyons and Nicholas Johnson
3/23/06
HTML, PDF, 10pp.
Press Release: HTML, PDF 2pp.

Testimony Before the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Finance Committee On State Earned Income Tax Credits
Nicholas Johnson
3/22/06
HTML, PDF, 8pp.

A Faulty Fix: Repairing the "Ratchet" Will Not Repair TABOR
3/21/06
HTML, PDF, 1pp.

Tax Cuts Proposed in President’s Budget Would Ultimately Cause Large State Revenue Losses
Iris J. Lav
3/16/06
HTML, PDF, 11pp.

The Same Old TABOR: Maine's "Taxpayer Bill Of Rights" Proposal Fails To Fix Flaws Of Colorado's TABOR
Iris J. Lav and Karen Lyons
3/16/06
HTML, PDF, 8pp.

A HAND UP: How State Earned Income Tax Credits Help Working Families Escape Poverty In 2006
Ami Nagle and Nicholas Johnson
3/8/06
HTML, PDF, 42pp.

Revisiting State Tax Preferences for Seniors
Elizabeth C. McNichol
3/6/06
Full Report: HTML, PDF, 21pp.
Press Release: HTML, PDF 3pp.

The Impact of State Income Taxes on Low-Income Families in 2005
Jason A. Levitis and Nicholas Johnson
2/22/06
National Press Release: HTML, PDF
Full Report: HTML, PDF
State Fact Sheets
Hawaii Press Release: HTML, PDF

The Administration’s Medicaid Proposals Would Shift Federal Costs to States
Andy Schneider, Leighton Ku, and Judith Solomon
2/14/06
Full Report: HTML, PDF, 8pp.
Press Release: HTML, PDF, 2pp.

Federal Grants to States and Localities Cut Deeply In Fiscal Year 2007 Federal Budget
Iris J. Lav
2/7/06
HTML, PDF, 6pp.

How Much Would a State Earned Income Tax Credit Cost?
Jason A. Levitis
2/1/06
HTML, PDF, 3pp.

Pulling Apart: A State-by-State Analysis of Income Trends
Jared Bernstein, Elizabeth McNichol, Karen Lyons
1/26/06
Full Report: PDF, 66pp.
Press Release: HTM, PDF, 2pp.
State Fact Sheets
State Data Tables