Research and Commentaries

Taxing The Rich Will Bankrupt Your State

June 2, 2009

Lawmakers in at least eight states are considering raising income tax rates on a small percentage of top income-earners in order to shore up their state budgets.

Illinois Cannot Afford Governor Quinn’s Budget

March 25, 2009

Tough decisions are a part of governing, and Illinois’ $11.5 billion budget shortfall will undoubtedly force many of them.

“Sin Taxes” Are Flawed Tax Policy

April 15, 2009

More than 20 states are considering “sin taxes”—such as excise taxes on tobacco, beer, and spirits—in order to shore up their budget deficits.

Research & Commentary: April Fool’s Day Tobacco Tax Hike—The Joke’s On States

April 1, 2009

A 62-cent increase in the federal excise tax on tobacco products, intended to fund the expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), goes into effect April 1.

President Barack Obama's Cap-and-Trade Plan

Zonia M. Pino
March 27, 2009
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