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Four Governors Whose Radical Tax Plans Have Taken a Beating (and Why They're Not Giving Up Yet)

(44) Comments | Posted April 12, 2013 | 11:46 AM

Governors who proposed major radical and unsound tax proposals this year, including Louisiana's Bobby Jindal, Ohio's John Kasich, Oklahoma's Mary Fallin, and Nebraska's Dave Heineman, are running into significant resistance from some surprising sources: their own states' business communities and Republican legislative leadership.

These governors produced...

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Voters Refuse to Tie Their Hands on State Revenues

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 1:22 PM

Voters last Tuesday considered a host of ballot measures on tax and budget issues, but the most important from a long-term perspective may have been those in Florida, Michigan and New Hampshire.  All three states rejected major constitutional amendments that would have handcuffed their ability to fund education, health...

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The State and Local Drag on the Recovery

(1) Comments | Posted June 11, 2012 | 9:57 AM

President Obama pointed out last week that job losses among state and local governments are slowing the recovery. The graph shows what he's talking about: states and localities have shed 662,000 jobs since employment in this area peaked in August 2008.

A couple of...

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The Small Business Distortion

(7) Comments | Posted June 7, 2012 | 11:35 AM

Here's an important lesson for anyone watching state or federal tax policy debates: just because elected officials say they're doing something for "small businesses" and "job growth" doesn't mean that they really are.

A good example comes from North Carolina, where the legislature last year passed a business tax break...

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Taking a Pass On "Pass-Through" Income Would Cost Kansas

(3) Comments | Posted January 25, 2012 | 3:52 PM

Owners of large corporations, well-heeled law firms, and big investment funds would pay no taxes on millions of dollars in income under Kansas Governor Sam Brownback's plan to abolish the income tax on business earnings that are "passed through" to owners, rather than taxed at the corporate level.

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"Unconscionable" Cuts to Education

(0) Comments | Posted June 7, 2010 | 3:18 PM

"[W]e cannot commit to raising [educational] standards in one breath and turn around and issue layoff notices to thousands of teachers in the next," columnist David Broder wrote yesterday, terming it "unconscionable" for Congress to fail to help states avert these layoffs. I couldn't agree more.

Over the...

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State and Local Governments Continuing to Lose Jobs

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2010 | 4:44 PM

As my colleague Chad Stone explained this morning, today's jobs report shows that "unemployment is still very high, and jobs are still hard to find" (charts here).

That includes jobs in school districts and other parts of the public sector. States and localities cut 22,000 jobs...

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The Latest on State Cuts in Education and Services

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2010 | 12:13 PM

With the House expected to vote today on legislation that includes fiscal relief for states, we've updated our reports on state budget cuts and cuts to education programs and jobs. We've bulleted the highlights below.

As we've mentioned before, federal Recovery Act assistance to...

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