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13 States Face Total Budget Shortfall of at Least $23 Billion in 2009; 11 Others Expect Budget Problems: Economy, States’ Past Fiscal Decisions Are Largely To Blame
12/18/07
Elizabeth C. McNichol and Iris Lav
HTML, PDF, 8pp.

Statement by Nicholas Johnson on The Maryland Senate Budget and Taxation Committee’s Tax Bill
11/7/07
HTML, PDF, 1pp.

The Technology Council of Maryland’s Case Against Combined Reporting: A Rebuttal
11/5/07
Michael Mazerov
HTML, PDF, 6pp.

Testimony:
Nicholas Johnson on Maryland Tax Rate Restructuring
11/1/07
Testimony: HTML, PDF, 5pp.
Press Release: HTML, PDF, 1pp.

Which States Tax the Sale of Food for Home Consumption in 2007?
Revised 10/31/07
HTML, PDF, 1pp.

Press Release: Maryland Governor’s Tax Plan Would Improve State Revenue System, But Legislature Could Make Further Improvements

10/26/07
HTML, PDF, 4pp.

State Corporate Tax Shelters and the Need for “Combined Reporting”
10/26/07
Michael Mazerov
HTML, PDF, 26pp.

Additional Options for Revenue in Maryland
10/26/07
Nicholas Johnson and Michael Mazerov
HTML, PDF, 9pp.

Options for Protecting Maryland’s Low- and Moderate-Income Families from Regressive Tax Increases
10/26/07
Nicholas Johnson and Jason A. Levitis
HTML, PDF, 7pp.

A Simple, Inexpensive Way for Maryland to Protect Certain Low-Income Workers from Tax Increases
10/26/07
Nicholas Johnson and Jason A. Levitis
HTML, PDF, 4pp.

Targeted Property Tax Reform: Designing a Circuit Breaker for Florida
10/12/07
Sarah Farkas and Iris Lav
Full Report: HTML, PDF, 6pp.
Press Release: HTML, PDF, 1pp.

The Internet Tax Freedom Act and the "Digital Divide"
9/11/07
Michael Mazerov
HTML, PDF, 10pp.

State Taxes on Inherited Wealth Remain Common: 24 States Levy an Estate or Inheritance Tax
Elizabeth C. McNichol
Revised 8/30/07
HTML, PDF, 2pp.

Statement by Nicholas Johnson, Director of the State Fiscal Project, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities on the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Survey of Fiscal Conditions
8/9/07
HTML, PDF, 5pp.

State Expenditure Growth Slowing
7/31/07
Elizabeth C. McNichol, Nicholas Johnson and Sarah Farkas
HTML, PDF, 5pp.

Renewing The “Internet Tax Freedom Act” Could Have An Especially Adverse Impact On Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio And Texas
7/26/07
Michael Mazerov
HTML, PDF, 4 pp.

Hawaii's Income Tax on the Working Poor: A Post-Session Update
7/18/07
Jason Levitis
HTML, PDF, 9pp.

Making the “Internet Tax Freedom Act” Permanent Could Lead to a Substantial Revenue Loss For States and Localities
7/11/07
Michael Mazerov
HTML, PDF, 24 pp.

The Problems with Property Tax Revenue Caps
3/21/07
Karen Lyons, and Iris J. Lav
HTML, PDF, 19pp.

Press Release: Governor's Property-Tax Cap The Wrong Solution For Connecticut, Analyst Advises
5/4/07
HTML, PDF, 2pp.

Illinois' Proposed Gross Receipts Tax: A Modified GRT Could Be Paired With Other Tax Changes
5/3/07
Elizabeth C. McNichol and Iris J. Lav
HTML, PDF, 11pp.

How Strong Are State Budgets?
4/20/07
Nicholas Johnson and Elizabeth McNichol
HTML, PDF, 2pp.

Rainy Day Funds: Opportunities for Reform
4/16/07
Elizabeth McNichol and Brian Filipowich
HTML, PDF, 15pp.

Growing Number of States Considering A Key Corporate Tax Reform
4/5/07
Michael Mazerov
Full Report: HTML, PDF, 9pp.
Press Release: HTML, PDF, 2pp.

State Earned Income Tax Credits and the "Overpayments" Issue
3/28/07
Nicholas Johnson, John Wancheck and Robert Greenstein
HTML PDF, 10pp.

The Impact of State Income Taxes on Low-Income Families in 2006
3/27/07
Jason A. Levitis
National Press Release: HTML, PDF
Full Report: HTML, PDF
State Fact Sheets
Georgia Press Release: HTML, PDF
Hawaii Press Release: HTML, PDF

Tax Foundation Estimates of State and Local Tax Burdens Are Not Reliable
3/27/07
Nicholas Johnson, Iris J. Lav, and Joseph Llobrera
HTML PDF, 13pp.

The Property Tax Circuit Breaker: An Introduction and Survey of Current Programs
3/21/07
Karen Lyons, Sarah Farkas, and Nicholas Johnson
HTML PDF, 18pp.

Lower Taxes and Economic Growth: Response to a Flawed Analysis
3/20/07
Iris Lav and Kim S. Reuben
HTML PDF, 9pp.

A Frigid Forecast for the Sunshine State: Proposed Revenue Cap as Damaging as Colorado’s TABOR
3/20/07
Karen Lyons and Iris Lav
HTML PDF, 11pp.

A TABOR at Heart: South Carolina's H. 3295 Spending Cap Proposal
3/9/07
Karen Lyons
HTML PDF, 7pp.

Testimony Regarding Maryland State EITC
2/28/07
Jason Levitis
PDF, 6pp.

A State EITC Is a Cost-Effective Way to Ease Hawaii’s High Income Tax Burden on the Poor
2/14/07
Jason Levitis
Full Report: HTML, PDF, 8pp.
Press Release: HTML, PDF, 2pp.

The Administration Again Proposes to Shift Federal Medicaid Costs to States
2/14/07
Leighton Ku, Andy Schneider, and Judy Solomon
HTML, PDF, 10pp.

State Corporate Tax Disclosure: The Next Step in Corporate Tax Reform
2/13/07
Michael Mazerov
HTML, PDF, 69pp.

How Much Would a State Earned Income Tax Credit Cost In 2008?
2/7/07
Sloane Kuney and Jason Levitis
HTML, PDF, 4pp.

Federal Grants to States and Localities Cut Deeply In Fiscal Year 2008 Federal Budget
2/6/07
Iris J. Lav
HTML, PDF, 6pp.

Maine Could Tax More Services Under Its Sales Tax
2/1/07
Iris J. Lav and Sarah Farkas
HTML, PDF, 2pp.

Improving State Fiscal Policies in the 2007 Legislative Sessions
Revised 1/26/07
Nicholas Johnson
HTML, PDF, 4pp.

Research Findings Cast Doubt on Argument That Estate Taxes Harm State Economies
1/9/07
Elizabeth McNichol
HTML, PDF, 6pp.

Press Release: Maine Should Build on Its Strengths in Addressing Fiscal and Economic Challenges, Expert Advises
1/8/07
HTML, PDF, 1pp.

State Revenue Losses from The Federal "Domestic Production Deduction" Will Double In 2007: States Could Save Billions by Disallowing This Deduction
1/2/07
Nicholas Johnson
HTML, PDF, 11pp.