The diversity of state programs makes comparison of fiscal activities across states and over time difficult. This paper compares ongoing surveys that provide data about state revenues and expenditures from the Census Bureau, National Association of State Budget Officers, National Conference of...

July 15, 2000
David Merriman

Cuts in top state income taxes are intended to raise economic growth, but could instead force punishing spending cuts, as revenues fall and states confront borrowing constraints. Previous work shows no clear impact of state taxes on growth. In new research, we build on a widely cited study that...

September 11, 2015
William G. Gale, Aaron Krupkin, Kim S. Rueben

When the Great Recession created unexpected budget deficits, many states used temporary tax increases to maintain revenues for vital government services. Because they are generally less disruptive than immediate spending cuts, temporary tax increases can be a useful tool for overcoming short-...

November 5, 2014
Norton Francis, Brian David Moore

April is the most important month of the year for individuals who owe federal and state income taxes and for governments that rely on income taxes as a major source of revenue. Because personal income tax receipts account for about 45 percent of federal government receipts and more than 33...

March 2, 2015
Norton Francis

In this "Marketplace" commentary, Len Burman, director of the Tax Policy Center, explains why presidential candidate Mike Huckabee's FairTax proposal is misnamed.

January 8, 2008
Leonard E. Burman

Education is a key pathway out of poverty, yet schools that primarily serve minority students often fail to provide the educational opportunities available in predominantly white schools. A series of state court cases has addressed one cause of that disparity, the dramatic funding differences...

November 3, 2008
Sheila Murray, Kim S. Rueben

In a contribution to the New York Times' Room for Debate, Kim Rueben argues if the tax rate for marijuana is too high, people will continue to buy weed from the guy on the street. However, setting the tax rate too low leaves revenue on the table and use might boom.

May 23, 2013
Kim S. Rueben

The latest edition of the Tax Policy Center's State and Local Finance Initiative's State Economic Monitor finds that revenue growth is accelerating in most states but many jurisdictions faced strong economic headwinds going into the recent partial government shutdown and potential default. In...

October 14, 2013
Yuri Shadunsky

The inaugural edition of the state economic monitor reviews the health of various aspects of state economies, including employment, housing, state finances, and economic growth. This monitor documents key economic conditions through June 2013 in all 50 states, and also serves as a valuable...

July 9, 2013
Benjamin H. Harris, Yuri Shadunsky

The latest edition of the Tax Policy Center's State and Local Finance Initiative's State Economic Monitor reports that states are still struggling to emerge from the lingering recession. The good news is that nearly all states experienced economic growth in 2013, and only one state has an...

July 8, 2014
Norton Francis, Kim S. Rueben, Richard C. Auxier