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How should governments use the considerable revenue carbon taxes can raise? There are many options for cutting other taxes, increasing spending, or reducing borrowing. We organize the options into four goals: offset the new burdens that a carbon tax places on consumers, producers, communities,...

February 22, 2016
Donald MarronAdele C. Morris
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There is widespread agreement that the college financial aid system is too complicated and acts as a barrier to higher education. This brief focusses on how eight different simplification proposals for determining Pell grant eligibility and three alternatives for calculating Effective Family...

November 10, 2015
Kim S. RuebenSarah GaultSandy Baum
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This brief looks at the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA) and its emphasis on coordination between economic development and workforce development programs. In fact, one WIOA’s main purposes is to better align workforce and economic development systems, more tightly...

October 9, 2015
Lauren Eyster
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Access to financing is critical to businesses small and large looking to start new ventures, expand existing ones, or relocate facilities. When cost-effective financing is unavailable for worthy projects, state governments can and do step in to help. Governments use their power and their...

February 28, 2016
Norton Francis
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The federal income tax system provides substantial benefits to families with children. In 2013, the Tax Policy Center estimates that five major child-related tax benefits the earned income tax credit (EITC), the child tax credit, the child and dependent care tax credit, the dependent exemption,...

January 27, 2014
Elaine Maag
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State governments often use their tax system to partner with the private sector on economic development initiatives. A key part of their economic development strategy, states use tax incentives as one tool of economic development to compete with other states and globally for investment, jobs,...

February 28, 2016
Norton Francis
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The following is the text of a debate that occurred between Rosenthal and Needham at the May meeting of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation in Washington regarding the proper tax treatment of private equity funds and their partners under current law. The introduction should be...

June 25, 2013
Steven M. Rosenthal
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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. GaleAaron KrupkinKim S. Rueben
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Opposition to the ACA’s “Cadillac” tax is growing. This excise tax applies to employer health benefits exceeding a threshold. There has been broader support over time for a cap on the tax exclusion of employer contributions to health insurance, including from many who now want to repeal the...

October 22, 2015
Linda J. BlumbergJohn HolahanGordon B. Mermin