Tag Archive: competitiveness

  • ‘Strong Roots Nebraska’ Plan Would Boost Economic Outlook

    | February 27, 2015 | Add a comment

    The recent state of Nebraska’s tax and fiscal policy climate has been lackluster compared to other states in the region. In the most recent edition of Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index Nebraska ranks 35th (1 being the best, 50 being the worst), which is the poorest … »

  • President Obama’s Budget Proposal Violates the Principles of Sound Tax Policy

    | February 3, 2015 | Add a comment

    This week President Obama rolled out his budget proposal, which again demonstrates how incredibly out of step the president is with the rest of the country. Just a couple of weeks after outlining $320 billion in tax increases during his State of the Union address (and quickly backtracking on a … »

  • State of the Union Tax Proposal Would Hurt Middle Class

    | January 29, 2015 | Add a comment

    Update: President Obama dropped his proposal to tax 529 college saving accounts. This appeared on RedState.com on January 23, 2015. During his seventh State of the Union Address, President Obama outlined his vision for an economic plan he claims will help the middle class. And for the seventh year in … »

  • Tax Cronyism is No Substitute for Good Tax Policy

    | November 21, 2014 | Add a comment

    One of the most significant upsets of the 2014 midterm elections was the choice by Maryland voters to elect a candidate who campaigned on lowering tax burdens and creating a more business-friendly state. Governor-elect Hogan represents a sharp rejection of the heavy-handed regulation and tax-and-spend policies of Governor Martin O’Malley, … »

  • A Halloween Horror Story: Tax Carve-Outs Edition One Year Later

    | October 31, 2014 | Add a comment

    Last year at Halloween, we told the gruesome tale of tax carve-outs. It all started when our social media guru, Jordan, asked for some statistics on the extent of total state tax carve-outs. He wanted to make a meme for this great image you see here, adding in some numbers … »

  • Cato Institute Grades Governors on their Fiscal Record

    and | October 24, 2014 | Add a comment

    When it comes to making their state’s economy more competitive, governors have a wide variety of policy options available. But which governors have the best track record on economic growth? The Cato Institute’s Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors analyzes each governor’s fiscal policies from January 2012 to August … »

  • The Blue States’ Economic Paradox

    | September 10, 2014 | 1 Comment

    Blue states have a problem. Although there are some recently notable exceptions, most vehemently oppose cutting taxes, favoring instead a tax-and-spend or top-down redistribution approach. They require high taxes to finance the pet projects they believe the market is too short-sighted to support, like Solyndra. At the same time, however, … »

  • Kansas Tax Cut Reality Check

    and | August 19, 2014 | Add a comment

    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 … »

  • 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, … »

  • Revenue Shortfalls and Debt Downgrades in Kansas

    Kansas policymakers were recently hit with two pieces of bad news: a state bond downgrade by Moody’s investors and lower than expected income tax revenues. Opponents of Kansas tax reform and reform efforts outside the state are hailing this as a “teachable moment” on the problems with tax reform, but … »