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Archives: Tax Reform / Articles

  • State of the Commonwealth: Virginia image

    State of the Commonwealth: Virginia

    While not facing problems of the same magnitude as states like New York or Connecticut, the Old Dominion certainly faces some challenges. In four short years, Virginia has slipped from …

  • State of the State: Arkansas image

    State of the State: Arkansas

    Amid frightful winter storms coating a large part of Arkansas and the South, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson delivered his State of the State address in Little …

  • State of the State: Idaho image

    State of the State: Idaho

    “He is growing spending twice as fast as the economy is growing,” explained Fred Birnbaum, vice president of the Idaho Freedom Foundation.

  • Tax and Fiscal Policy Academy for Newly-Elected State Legislators image

    Tax and Fiscal Policy Academy for Newly-Elected State Legislators

    The event took place November 28-30 in Washington, D.C. with 20 legislative attendees from around the country.

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    Giving Tuesday

    States with higher taxes strongly correlate with less giving, while states with lower taxes tend to see higher rates of giving.

  • Happy Thanksgiving, Taxpayers! image

    Happy Thanksgiving, Taxpayers!

    State leaders across the country have advanced pro-growth fiscal reforms that will expand economic opportunity and growth.

  • VIDEO: Colorado’s Economic Competitiveness image

    VIDEO: Colorado’s Economic Competitiveness

    In the latest Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index, Colorado's economic outlook ranked a modest 21st.

  • Initial Thoughts On State Ballot Measures image

    Initial Thoughts On State Ballot Measures

    While most of the attention this week has been focused on national election results, the ballot measures decided this week at the ballot box will have a lasting impact on hardworking taxpayers across the nation.

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    Good Tax Policy Doesn’t Need 12 Steps

    Seldom has a year gone by without the release of some new study waxing wide on the public health costs associated with alcohol abuse, often with recommendations for significant tax increases or sales restrictions on alcohol.

  • Maine’s Anti-Growth Ballot Measures image

    Maine’s Anti-Growth Ballot Measures

    Higher tax and regulatory burdens will make Maine less competitive for jobs and businesses in its region and the nation at large, and would erase years of progress in making Maine more competitive.

  • Video: Alfredo Ortiz Addresses ALEC Attendees image

    Video: Alfredo Ortiz Addresses ALEC Attendees

    “A well-informed public is the best defense against bad public policy.” During the ALEC Annual Meeting, Mr. Alfredo Ortiz, president and CEO of the Job Creators Network, shared valuable ideas …

  • Businesses Don’t Pay Taxes – People Do image

    Businesses Don’t Pay Taxes – People Do

    When government taxes a business, there is nothing that business can do but pass that tax burden on to individuals, in one form or another. Hardworking individual taxpayers pay the true burden of business taxes.

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    Northeastern Tax and Fiscal Policy Academy

    Along with ALEC CEO Lisa B. Nelson, the Center for State Fiscal Reform recently hosted its first-ever regional Tax and Fiscal Policy Academy. The event took place September 19-21 in Portland, Maine, …

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    Streamlining Taxes on Short-Term Rentals

    The sharing economy is here to stay. Thanks to ridesharing apps like Uber and Lyft and short-term rental platforms like Airbnb and HomeAway, technology and the spirit of entrepreneurship are joining forces...

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    Nickel and Diming Innovation to Death

    The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is creating a new tax on Transportation Networking Companies (TNCs) to the tune of $0.20 per ride. Of the $0.20, five cents, or a full jitney nickel, will go to none other than the taxi industry itself.

  • Cornhuskers Need Not Fear Tax Reform image

    Cornhuskers Need Not Fear Tax Reform

    States like North Carolina have flourished after embracing both tax relief and restraints on spending.

  • Arkansas Gains Big on Capital Gains Tax Cut image

    Arkansas Gains Big on Capital Gains Tax Cut

    According to Governor Asa Hutchinson, Arkansas ended fiscal year 2016 with a budget surplus of $177.4 million – a sizable $117.3 million higher than the previous fiscal year.

  • Rich States, Poor States Event in Traverse City, Michigan image

    Rich States, Poor States Event in Traverse City, Michigan

    The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) joined the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Traverse City, Michigan last week for an in-depth discussion of the state’s economy. Jonathan Williams, vice …

  • 2016’s Best and Worst State of the State Addresses image

    2016’s Best and Worst State of the State Addresses

    In 2016, 44 governors delivered State of the State or similar addresses, and among them were many proposals to confront tight budgets and improve economic performance in the states.

  • For Economic Opportunity, the Redder the Better image

    For Economic Opportunity, the Redder the Better

    Many of America’s bluest states are deep in the red thanks to tried-and-failed progressive policies. The Illinois General Assembly can’t pass a long-term budget deal, leading to significant losses …