Tax Policy Center



Kim S. Rueben

Sol Price Fellow

Understanding and explaining the role of government is increasingly important. In the aftermath of the Great Recession, state and local governments need to reconsider what the business of governing is, and how we raise enough money to provide the services we need to build our future. This will require more transparency and discussion about what taxes buy and how we spend public funds. Policymakers at all levels need to think about these questions and how to cooperate. Our role is to help them make these decisions and explain the interactions between policy choices.

Journal Article

Current discussions about federal tax reform include a number of proposals that could impact the states. These items may broaden the tax base and increase state revenue, or put pressure on states to cut taxes and reduce revenue, or even create administrative challenges for states. In this...

October 30, 2017
Kim S. RuebenFrank SammartinoRichard C. Auxier
Journal Article

California’s new EITC provides an opportunity to consider whether
or not the design characteristics of the federal EITC, which most
states have simply replicated, should be reconsidered—either by
states acting on their own or perhaps by the federal government itself

September 14, 2017
Kim S. RuebenFrank SammartinoKirk J. Stark

The relationship between tax cuts and economic growth has been the subject of much discussion and debate at the state and federal level. A number of states have reduced taxes to spur economic growth. In this article the Brookings Institution’s William G. Gale and Aaron Krupkin, and the Urban...

July 12, 2017
William G. GaleAaron KrupkinKim S. Rueben
Research report

Differences in state taxes paid and benefits received for immigrants and native-born Americans are driven by differences in demographic characteristics. Spending on immigrants is somewhat greater primarily because they have more school age children. Fiscal impacts also vary by state. This brief...

June 6, 2017
Kim S. RuebenSarah Gault

The election of Donald Trump as president and Republican majorities in Congress have Washington primed for major legislative reforms. But it’s important to keep in mind that what the new government in the nation’s capital does will reverberate in all 50 statehouses. Knowing changes are coming,...

January 25, 2017
Kim S. RuebenRichard C. Auxier
Research report

Governments are starting to use taxes to discourage consumption of sugary drinks. Those taxes typically scale with drink volume. But sugar content varies widely. This report analyses the potential benefits and costs of scaling these taxes to sugar content. Taxes based on sugar content reduce...

December 12, 2016
Norton FrancisDonald MarronKim S. Rueben

This brief builds on work that examines replacing the current formula for calculating Pell grant eligibility with one that uses only a few family characteristics. Using data from the 2011–12 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study, we compare our original two-factor model with Financial Aid...

April 7, 2016
Kim S. RuebenSarah GaultSandy Baum
Research report

Many federal tax reform proposals would eliminate the state and local tax (SALT) deduction. Although deficit reduction often is the rationale, there are arguments for eliminating the deduction based on economic efficiency, equity, and improved federal fiscal policy. Eliminating the deduction,...

March 31, 2016
Frank SammartinoKim S. Rueben
Research report

The effects of state tax policy on economic growth, entrepreneurship, and employment remain controversial. Using a framework that in prior research generated significant, negative, and robust effects of taxes on growth, we find that neither tax revenues nor top income tax rates bear stable...

December 1, 2015
William G. GaleKim S. RuebenAaron Krupkin

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