Tax and Budgets
When it comes to public policy issues, very few have more impact on business success and economic growth than taxes and governmental budgets. Decisions about how local, state and federal governments raise revenue and prioritize spending affects business competitiveness, confidence and job creation.
Ideally, tax and expenditure policies should take a balanced approach – providing enough resources to meet the public sector’s necessary obligations and investment, but at the same time promoting business creation and expansion. However, increasing pressure on governmental budgets often leads to discussions about increasing taxes to raise revenue, reducing tax deductions, and/or making dramatic cuts in spending on public programs and assistance.
Below are several resources to help keep you up-to-date on your city and state’s fiscal policies.
Tax & Budget Resources
- The Council on State Taxation (COST provides a number of studies and reports about state and local taxes.
- Tax Foundation provides resources for comparing tax rates and competitiveness, including a state-by-state breakdown of tax climates.
- The PEW Charitable Trusts works with states, local chambers of commerce and business groups across the country to promote policies that improve fiscal health and competitiveness.
- State Policy - State lawmakers play a major role in advancing the quality of Americans’ lives, from helping to protect the air we breathe and water we drink, to educating our children. By researching emerging topics and developing 50-state comparisons, Pew identifies innovative approaches states are using to help solve complex challenges.
- Stateline - An initiative of the Pew Charitable Trusts, is a media outlet designed to provide daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy. Comprised of a team of veteran journalists, Stateline maintains a commitment to the highest standards of non-partisanship, objectivity, and integrity.
- Fiscal 50: State Trends & Analysis - 50-state data on key fiscal, economic, and demographic indicators and their impact on states’ long-term fiscal health.
- The State Role in Local Government Financial Distress
- The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) provides news, research and reports about state tax policy. The website also offers a state-by-state listing of tax expenditure reports.
- The National Conference of State Legislatures has a number of publications evaluating state taxes, including its annual report State Budget & Tax Actions.
- The Tax Policy Center, a joint venture of the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution provides timely, accessible analysis and facts about tax policy.
Policy Positions on Taxes & Fiscal Policy
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| Tax and BudgetsLast Updated: 12/18/2015