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Archives: Tax Reform / Articles

  • Taxes Matter—Yes, in Georgia Too image

    Taxes Matter—Yes, in Georgia Too

    With gridlock continuing to delay the first fundamental federal tax reform since 1986, states are leading the way. Recognizing that tax policy has the power to make or break an …

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    State of the State: California

    The governor is right: we cannot “construct some alternate universe of non-facts that we find more pleasing.” California’s economic outlook currently ranks 46th nationally, according to Rich States, Poor States. Ignoring the impending fiscal collapse due to unfunded pension liabilities, failing to reduce the onerous tax burden, and pretending that a state carbon emissions crackdown will alter global climate only will force others to flee Governor Brown’s vision of the future.

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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: North Carolina

    Democratic Governor Roy Cooper began his first State of the State address highlighting the shared interests of all Tar Heel State citizens, but quickly turned to lambast certain Republican-sponsored policies …

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    State of the State: Florida

    Ceaseless efforts crafting pro-growth tax and fiscal policies have created a prosperous and competitive economic environment in the Sunshine State. Even brighter times lie ahead should lawmakers let economic resources …

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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: Hawaii

    One of the highest personal income tax rates in the nation and the highest sales tax burden in the nation, and forced unionization all contribute to Hawaii’s 42nd place economic outlook ranking according to ALEC’s annual Rich States, Poor States publication.

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    Carbon Tax Straight Talk

    Shultz and Baker label a massive tax increase and economic meddling by the federal government as “embodying the conservative principles of free markets and limited government” but this carbon tax will needlessly further distort energy markets, harm consumers, expand government bureaucracy, and have minimal (if any) effect on global climate change. For these reasons, ALEC remains steadfastly opposed to “all Federal and state efforts to establish a carbon tax on fuels for electricity and transportation.”

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    The Williams Report

    Budget: California: San Diego Unified Approves $124 million in budget cuts San Diego may be facing layoffs after $124 million cut from the education budget. Illinois: 10 …

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    Taxing Free Speech

    Why should a small business owner be required to fund advertising for his competitors? David Gersenson and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy are demanding an answer from the Sleeping …

  • State of the State: Oregon image

    State of the State: Oregon

    Improving the Beaver State’s dismal 41 out of 50 economic outlook rank demands serious reforms. Streamlining government and reforming pensions can help address Oregon’s massive budget shortfall. Pro-growth tax reform would be another step in the right direction and would encourage more families, job creators, and taxpayers to call Oregon home.

  • Priority-Based Budgeting is Right Solution for Wyoming image

    Priority-Based Budgeting is Right Solution for Wyoming

    Wyoming can no longer afford to ignore the elephant in the room – budget shortfalls as far as the eye can see. Unfortunately, Wyoming’s fiscal problems will not improve by …

  • Arizona Celebrates Economic Outlook in Rich States, Poor States image

    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, …

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    State of the State: Maryland

    "It is encouraging that Governor Hogan is looking for ways to reduce tax burdens on hard-working taxpayers, which is a welcome departure from tax-happy past administrations that even taxed rain."

  • State of the State: Tennessee image

    State of the State: Tennessee

    If lawmakers agree to the spending-heavy budget plan touted by Governor Bill Haslam, Tennesseans will pay more at the pump but could save more while shopping and could earn a tuition-free …

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    State of the State: Minnesota

    Governor Mark Dayton delivered one of his final State of the State addresses in St. Paul. The headlines focused on the frightening moment when the governor fainted, but otherwise …

  • State of the State: Nevada image

    State of the State: Nevada

    Nevada remains one of the most business-friendly states. The education system is rapidly becoming the envy of the nation. And it’s no surprise that many choose to escape the high-tax regime of California for no-income-tax Nevada. But to stop the slide in economic outlook, Nevadans should reject further cronyism and resist calls for a further erosion of the low-tax environment.

  • West Virginia: Governor Recognizes Problems, but Solutions Fall Short image

    West Virginia: Governor Recognizes Problems, but Solutions Fall Short

    If delivery and mannerisms accurately convey intentions, West Virginia Governor Justice possesses the best of them. However, his policy prescriptions generally fell short of practical solutions.

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    State of the State: South Dakota

    South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard recently delivered his seventh State of the State address. Though he did not focus heavily on fiscal issues, Daugaard discussed the need to balance …