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  • Congress to Stop States from Making Their Own Bets? image

    Congress to Stop States from Making Their Own Bets?

    In 1992, Congress enacted the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) that effectively prevented any state from legalizing sports gambling unless the state had already legalized it.

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    Seattle Learned There’s No Brain Behind a Head Tax

    In May, Seattle, Washington, enacted an employment head tax on large firms but then abruptly repealed the tax just weeks later after an alliance of businesses and labor unions voiced …

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    Janus v. AFSCME: “Let Me Out”

    In an upcoming US Supreme Court decision, Janus v. AFSCME will once again put the issue of union fees, as a condition of employment, back on the table. If Mark …

  • Bold Tax Relief and Pension Reform Agenda Earns South Carolina Governor McMaster Best of the Best Recognition image

    Bold Tax Relief and Pension Reform Agenda Earns South Carolina Governor McMaster Best of the Best Recognition

    South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster is one of five U.S. governors with economic policy proposals qualifying as “Best of the Best” based on his 2018 State of the State address.

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    Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf’s Calls for Progress with “a Push”

    Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s Budget Address contained a strong undercurrent of authoritarianism. Progress, as defined by the governor’s dictionary, can sometimes “require a push.” Agenda items within the speech reveal …

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    Governor Malloy Redefines “Fair”

    In his final state of the state address, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy sidestepped the majority of the fiscal and economic issues plaguing the state in favor of paying lip service …

  • Online Sales Tax: Crushing Small Business image

    Online Sales Tax: Crushing Small Business

    Hardworking individual and business taxpayers deserve protection from out-of-state tax collectors and regulators. The United States Constitution, as well as subsequent rulings from the United States Supreme Court, such as …

  • State Legislator Letter: State and local officials across the country are resisting calls to allow aggressive taxation across state borders image

    State Legislator Letter: State and local officials across the country are resisting calls to allow aggressive taxation across state borders

    As state legislators, we oppose the attempts to overturn constitutional precedent safeguarding Congress’s essential authority to protect interstate commerce from discriminatory regulation and taxation. As a result, commerce …

  • The Rest of the Story: Right-to-Work Could Spur Opportunity in the Buckeye State image

    The Rest of the Story: Right-to-Work Could Spur Opportunity in the Buckeye State

    Economic results conflict with the charge that right-to-work is a “radical change” that would “only take away from working families.” In fact, right-to-work states experienced nearly twice the rate of population growth and a more than 50 percent greater change in nonfarm employment.

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    Wage Hikes Pose New Challenges for Business in 2018

    As Americans look to an exciting new year and politicos start gearing up for mid-term elections, 18 states along with 19 municipal localities will be raising their …

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    Center for Innovation and Technology Update – November 2017

    The American Technology Council, started by President Trump, released a draft report in August detailing how to reorganize government to enhance the delivery of …

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    Illinois Must Dig Itself Out Of The Fiscal Ditch

    Finger-pointing is rampant in Illinois as the state’s credit rating has been downgraded by S&P and Moody’s to near junk status, the lowest ever for a state. Without a …

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    State of the State: Delaware

    Governor Carney's agenda resists overall spending reductions, advocates for higher taxes and neglects other needed policy reforms (such as worker’s compensation and worker freedom). With a legislature unlikely to circumvent the lackluster agenda of the new governor, don’t expect Delaware’s economic outlook to break through the median anytime soon.

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    State of the State: Ohio

    A renewed focus on reforms-rather than government micromanagement-can ensure the governor’s homestretch is one of continued economic renewal.

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    State of the State: Texas

    Republicans and Democrats in the Lone Star State surely can celebrate Texas’ resilience. Governor Greg Abbott began his State of the State address acknowledging the economic toll of falling …

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    State of the State: New Jersey

    The governor praised legislators for reducing the state sales tax and increasing the exclusions for the state’s estate tax; but he failed to mention the tax cut savings are almost entirely offset by the enormous 23-cent per gallon increase in the gas tax. This year’s sales tax reduction of 0.125 percent will save consumers a whopping $1.25 on a $1,000 purchase; meanwhile, the gas tax hike will cost twice this much on a single 11 gallon fill-up.

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    State of the State: Pennsylvania

    Enacting common sense budgetary reforms, eliminating some cronyism, and blocking attempts to increase taxes yet further are commendable. But this will not reverse Pennsylvania’s economic malaise. Accomplishing this will require bold reduction in twin burdens of bureaucracy and tax burden.

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    State of the State: Maine

    Under Governor LePage’s leadership, Maine’s economic outlook has improved from 48th in 2011 to 38th in 2016. But the tax hike and minimum wage increase threaten to roll back all of the recent progress. The governor recognizes this economic peril. His economic agenda address the problems created by the twin referendums from this fall. The outcome depends on whether or not state legislators heed his warnings.

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    State of the State: Montana

    With unemployment almost as low as it has ever been in Montana at 4 percent and household incomes on the rise, Governor Bullock should consider allowing this growth in income to drive increases in the state’s revenue instead of increasing the tax burden on Montanans. Given that there are “over 6,500 listed job openings” throughout the state that businesses are struggling to fill, Montana’s employers cannot afford tax hikes.

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    Arizona Celebrates Economic Outlook in Rich States, Poor States

    Along with ALEC CEO Lisa B. Nelson, the Center for State Fiscal Reform hosted a celebratory event in Phoenix, Arizona, earlier this week. For the second year in a row, …