Archives: Jonathan Williams / Publications

Archives: Jonathan Williams / Publications

  • State of the States: An Analysis of the 2019 Governors’ Addresses image

    State of the States: An Analysis of the 2019 Governors’ Addresses

    The latest entry of the State of the States publication breaks down each governor’s “state of the state” address and identifies strong and weak policy prescriptions within. The publications also explore each states …

  • State Tax Cut Roundup, 2018 image

    State Tax Cut Roundup, 2018

    The 2018 state legislative sessions ended with 16 states enacting substantial tax relief for their citizens that was sufficient to qualify for State Tax Cut Roundup. Reducing effective tax rates …

  • Rich States, Poor States: 12th Edition image

    Rich States, Poor States: 12th Edition

    The Economic Outlook Ranking is a forecast based on a state’s current standing in 15 state policy variables. Each of these factors is influenced directly by state lawmakers through the …

  • Unaccountable and Unaffordable 2018 image

    Unaccountable and Unaffordable 2018

    Unfunded liabilities in public pension plans continue to loom over state governments nationwide. If net pension assets are determined using more realistic investment return assumptions, pension funding gaps are significantly …

  • Written Testimony to North Dakota Interim Taxation Committee, 9/6/18 image

    Written Testimony to North Dakota Interim Taxation Committee, 9/6/18

    Written Testimony from the Center for State Fiscal Reform given to the North Dakota Interim Taxation Committee concerning evidence on state income taxes and economic competitiveness.   …

  • State Bonded Obligations, 2018 image

    State Bonded Obligations, 2018

    States issue a diverse array of bonded obligations, with a range of obligation strength, revenue sources, debt service schedules, and other factors. This study collects and analyzes the bonded obligations …

  • State of the States: An Analysis of the 2018 Governors’ Addresses image

    State of the States: An Analysis of the 2018 Governors’ Addresses

    The latest entry of the State of the States publication breaks down each governor’s “state of the state” address and identifies strong and weak policy prescriptions within. The publications also explore each states …

  • Rich States, Poor States, 11th edition image

    Rich States, Poor States, 11th edition

    The 11th Edition of Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index reveals a pro-growth trend across the nation for 2018. The 11th edition of Rich States, Poor States is characterized …

  • Other Post-Employment Benefit Liabilities, 2017 image

    Other Post-Employment Benefit Liabilities, 2017

    Other Post-Employment Benefit Liabilities, 2017 surveys the more than 100 state-administered post-employment benefit plans, such as health insurance, Medicare advantage, life insurance, and other non-pension benefits. Controlling for differences in …

  • Online Sales Tax Collection, Constitutional Precedent, and Interstate Commerce: What You Need to Know image

    Online Sales Tax Collection, Constitutional Precedent, and Interstate Commerce: What You Need to Know

    Hardworking individual and business taxpayers deserve protection from out-of-state tax collectors and regulators.

  • State Tax Cut Roundup 2017 image

    State Tax Cut Roundup 2017

    The 2017 legislative session ended with nine states enacting changes to their tax codes sufficient to qualify for State Tax Cut Roundup. Each state provided substantial tax relief for their …

  • State of the States 2017 image

    State of the States 2017

    In 2017, 50 governors across America delivered State of the State or other policy addresses. These speeches included numerous economic policy proposals that will affect the states’ economic competitiveness. This …

  • Rich States, Poor States, 10th Edition image

    Rich States, Poor States, 10th Edition

    The 10th Edition of Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index reveals a pro-growth trend across the nation for 2017. Rich States, Poor States examines the latest movements …

  • State Tax Cut Roundup: 2016 Legislative Session image

    State Tax Cut Roundup: 2016 Legislative Session

    The 2016 legislative session ended with nine states enacting changes to their tax codes sufficient to qualify for the Tax Cut Roundup. Each provided substantial tax relief for their citizens.

  • Lessons from Kansas: A Behind the Scenes Look at America’s Most Discussed Tax Reform Effort image

    Lessons from Kansas: A Behind the Scenes Look at America’s Most Discussed Tax Reform Effort

    Positioned in the center of the United States, Kansas has often served as a stand-in for the preferences of non-coastal America. Perhaps this unique position is why a 2012 tax …

  • Keeping the Promise: Getting Politics Out of Pensions image

    Keeping the Promise: Getting Politics Out of Pensions

    Pensions are a valuable non-wage benefit that a large majority of state and local governments offer their employees as part of their compensation packages. With approximately $3.8 trillion in total …

  • Unaccountable and Unaffordable 2016: Unfunded Public Pension Liabilities Near $5.6 Trillion image

    Unaccountable and Unaffordable 2016: Unfunded Public Pension Liabilities Near $5.6 Trillion

    State public pension plans are now underfunded by nearly $5.6 trillion – an increase of almost $900 billion from State Budget Solutions’ (SBS) last comprehensive report in 2014.

  • State of the States 2016 image

    State of the States 2016

    This report observes and analyzes the economic policy proposals discussed in each governor’s State of the State address.

  • Rich States, Poor States, 9th Edition image

    Rich States, Poor States, 9th Edition

    The 9th Edition of Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index reveals a pro-growth trend across the nation for 2016. Rich States, Poor States examines the latest movements …

  • State Tax Cut Roundup: 2015 Legislative Session image

    State Tax Cut Roundup: 2015 Legislative Session

    The 2015 legislative session featured a notable number of states achieving tax relief and tax reform for their citizens. Pro-growth tax reform was a key theme throughout the 2015 legislative …