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  • Arizona State of the State: Confidence and Conviction, Promise and Possibility image

    Arizona State of the State: Confidence and Conviction, Promise and Possibility

    Arizona Governor Doug Ducey delivered a sunny State of the State address, highlighting the “capacity of our state, and its people, to always be ahead of the …

  • California State of the State: A High Speed Train of Taxes and Spending image

    California State of the State: A High Speed Train of Taxes and Spending

    California Governor Jerry Brown boldly championed an unabashedly liberal agenda throughout his 16th—and final—State of the State address. The governor declared, “California is prospering,” a stark turnaround from the economic …

  • Michigan State of the State: A Comeback Story image

    Michigan State of the State: A Comeback Story

    Fortune is changing in the state of Michigan following decades of extreme economic adversity, from the rapid downturn in the auto industry to the downward population spiral in Detroit. Governor …

  • Kentucky State of the State: Governor Bevin Commits to Tax and Pension Reform image

    Kentucky State of the State: Governor Bevin Commits to Tax and Pension Reform

    Kentucky had an eventful legislative session last year after the state house switched party control for the first time since 1921, resulting in a Republican trifecta. During …

  • Missouri State of the State: Government Should “Do Fewer Things and Do Them Better.” image

    Missouri State of the State: Government Should “Do Fewer Things and Do Them Better.”

    The Show-Me State’s 2018 legislative session is off to an exciting start, as Eric Greitens begins his second year as Missouri governor. His inaugural session in office focused heavily on …

  • Nebraska State of the State: Tax Reform on the Horizon image

    Nebraska State of the State: Tax Reform on the Horizon

    Last year, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts (R.) received the American Legislative Exchange Council annual “Best of the Best” award for his bold, pro-growth oriented State of the …

  • South Dakota State of the State: Mixed Agenda of Pro-Growth Regulatory Reform but Possible Tax Hikes image

    South Dakota State of the State: Mixed Agenda of Pro-Growth Regulatory Reform but Possible Tax Hikes

    South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard’s 2018 State of the State focused on workforce development, public education, occupational licensing reform, a possible transportation tax increase and support for overturning legal precedent …

  • Idaho State of the State: Governor Otter Celebrates Economic Strength, Advocates for Modest Tax Cuts in Final Year image

    Idaho State of the State: Governor Otter Celebrates Economic Strength, Advocates for Modest Tax Cuts in Final Year

    In his twelfth and final state of the state address, Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter celebrated Idaho’s continued strengths. “Our State government is leaner, more fiscally responsible, more transparent, more responsive, …

  • West Virginia State of the State: Governor Justice Changes His Tune on Tax Hikes image

    West Virginia State of the State: Governor Justice Changes His Tune on Tax Hikes

    In his 2018 State of the State Address, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice (R.) lamented last year’s failed push for higher taxes, saying “It was really unfair …

  • Indiana State of the State Address image

    Indiana State of the State Address

    The Hoosier State has implemented commendable changes regarding tax and fiscal policy in the past several years, with strong leaders at the helm including Governor Eric Holcomb, and former Governors …

  • Iowa Governor’s Condition of the State Address Promises Bold Tax Reform image

    Iowa Governor’s Condition of the State Address Promises Bold Tax Reform

    Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds delivered her first Condition of the State address last week in Des Moines. Reynolds served as Lieutenant Governor under former Governor Terry Branstad.

  • Vermont’s State of the State Address Highlights Difficult Hike Ahead image

    Vermont’s State of the State Address Highlights Difficult Hike Ahead

    Vermont Governor Phil Scott (R.) exemplified non-partisan, economic realism during his state of the state address. Over the past decade, the state of Vermont has faced extreme economic difficulties, many …

  • New York State of State Response image

    New York State of State Response

    In Governor Andrew Cuomo’s state of the state address, the governor declared that New York is “once again the nation’s beacon …

  • State of the State: Michigan image

    State of the State: Michigan

    Fortunately, the governor recognizes that the government can best enable growth by removing artificial obstacles to entrepreneurs: “Over the last few years we dumped the dumbest tax in America, we cut needless regulations, we started paying down our long-term debt, we started saving for the future, we laid the groundwork for success we have today so our businesses could create jobs. We create the environment for job creation, we don’t create those jobs.”

  • State of the State: Louisiana image

    State of the State: Louisiana

    Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards highlighted the “success” of the Medicaid expansion, foster care improvements, budget reforms, and business investment growth during his second State of the State address; but most of his speech …

  • State of the State: Florida image

    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 …

  • State of the State: Alabama image

    State of the State: Alabama

    Alabama Governor Robert Bentley’s many racing metaphors in his State of the State address attempted to convey his commitment to an Alabama with better jobs, economic growth and education. But …

  • State of the State: Montana image

    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.

  • State of the State: New York image

    State of the State: New York

    Governor Cuomo’s discussion of important issues such as tax relief certainly is encouraging. However, picking winners and losers with taxpayer dollars and increasing spending will not help New York’s economy to thrive. Instead, legislators should focus on a continued reduction of the state’s burdensome corporate and personal income taxes. An unshackling of the ingenuity and dreams of New Yorkers will fuel a better life for all.

  • State of the State: Maryland image

    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."