New Report Outlines Tax Burdens By State

According to the Tax Foundation’s Annual State-Local Tax Burdens Ranking report, Americans paid 9.8 percent of their collective income in state and local taxes in fiscal year 2011.  The report calculates the state-local tax burden in each of the 50 states. According to the report, New York had the highest … »

The joke’s on them: High-ranked states in ‘Rich States, Poor States’ perform better

This appeared on the Daily Caller April 16, 2014. The 7th edition of Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index was released yesterday and has received attention from all angles. While most of the coverage has been positive, Business Insider’s Joe Weisenthal chose to call the index into question. His claim: The American Legislative … »

Taxes, Migration, and Economic Evidence

While certainly not the only factor affecting whether Americans move from one state to another, taxes play a significant role in the equation, even if it is most significantly an indirect role. The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities recently released a report with the purpose of “debunking” this common-sense … »

Michigan rejoins U.S. economy

This appeared on The Detroit News on May 15, 2014. For most of the last decade, Michigan has unquestionably had the worst performing state economy. As economists and former Michigan residents, we know both the abysmal economic statistics and the real human costs of perpetual layoffs, declining income, long-term unemployment, … »