New Report on State and Local Business Taxes

The Council on State Taxation, in conjunction with Ernst & Young, recently released a report on state and local taxes paid by businesses in Fiscal Year 2013. The report provides a detailed state-by-state breakdown of taxes paid by businesses and even includes data on what categories the taxes belong. Overall, in FY 2013, businesses paid a total of $671 billion in state and local taxes. Note that this does not include any federal taxes paid by businesses.

The report points out that this is the third consecutive year in which state and local taxes paid by businesses has …

FCC Commissioner’s Staffer Makes Compelling Case Against Muni Broadband Preemption

On August 20, Matthew Berry, Chief of Staff to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Ajit Pai, spoke out in convincing manner against FCC preemption of state laws restricting municipal broadband networks. His remarks revealed the unwise, unlawful and unconstitutional dimensions of the FCC’s power-grab-in-progress. The FCC is now taking public … »

Kansas Tax Cut Reality Check

The recent debt downgrade of Kansas by Standard and Poor’s (S&P) is being used by opponents of pro-growth tax reform to support their ongoing narrative blaming the Kansas tax cuts for all of the state’s financial woes. They claim that the 2012 tax cuts are solely responsible for the downgrade … »

Love for Lawsuit Reform

Lawsuit reform is a subject that only comes up in the psyche of the American political debate from time to time, but if you ask the average American, most will tell you they think there are too many lawsuits and that many of them do little more than make plaintiffs’ … »

Final 2014 Installment of Rich States, Poor States 7th Edition Released

It is the goal of every state legislature to improve the economic conditions of their respective state. However, the practices behind how a state accomplishes this feat have been a subject of debate for years. The beauty of the American political system is that each state can serve as a … »