Tag Archive: tax

  • Internet Sales Tax Hurts Businesses and the States that Pass Them

    | January 18, 2014 | 1 Comment

    This past month, the Illinois State Supreme Court determined the state’s affiliate nexus law—a law requiring out-of-state companies with advertising affiliates in the state to collect and remit sales tax—violated federal law. In the majority opinion, Justice Anne Burke ruled that Illinois’ attempt to force collection of sales tax by … »

  • Missouri Tax Hypocrisy

    and | January 16, 2014 | Add a comment

    Just a few months after Missouri’s Governor Jay Nixon vetoed a small but beneficial income tax cut, totaling $700 million over 10 years (barely larger than the one-year value of recent cuts in North Carolina), the Governor convened a special session to provide tax carve-outs for aircraft manufacturer, Boeing. That … »

  • State tax cuts: the year that was, the year that is to come

    This also appeared on PublicSectorInc.Org on December 20, 2013. Taxpayers had much to be thankful for in 2013. As ALEC’s recent State Tax Cut Roundup outlines, 18 states cut taxes during this year’s legislative session: Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, … »

  • Governor Scott Takes Aim at the Corporate Income Tax

    | November 22, 2013 | Add a comment

    In a recent Bloomberg television interview, Governor Rick Scott of Florida detailed his plan to cut $500 million in state taxes and fees. The state of Florida is currently projecting an $846 million budget surplus in fiscal year 2014, as well as the highest level of state revenue recorded in … »

  • 2013 Tax Cut Roundup Released

    | November 20, 2013 | 1 Comment

    ALEC’s Center for State Fiscal Reform is proud to announce its newest publication, the 2013 State Tax Cut Roundup. Released this morning, the report has already garnered national media attention from The Washington Post, Politico, and the Washington Examiner. The report highlights the 18 states that cut taxes in the 2013 legislative … »

  • Rain Tax Fines Drench Maryland’s Carroll County

    | November 12, 2013 | 1 Comment

    Maryland’s Carroll County recently received a letter from Assistant Attorney General Paul DeSantis, threatening to fine the county $10,000 for each day that it does not enact a storm water remediation fee, also known as a “Rain Tax.” The infamous Rain Tax bill came as a response to the Environmental … »

  • Colorado Taxpayers Reject Tax Increases, Choose Growth

    | November 7, 2013 | Add a comment

    On Tuesday a ballot measure to raise income taxes on Coloradans to raise funds for increased education spending failed. In fact, the measure, Amendment 66, didn’t just fail–it went down in flames. The measure was defeated by a 30 point margin. This major defeat was in spite of the fact … »

  • Pension Reform: Polling and Millennials

    | October 25, 2013 | Add a comment

    In the wake of public finance debacles like Detroit and important studies of the depth of the problem, the public is becoming aware of the national crisis facing state and local pensions. As ALEC’s recent study, Keeping the Promise: State Solutions for Government Pension Reform, and a recent American Legislator … »

  • Businesses continue to face excessive taxation

    | September 30, 2013 | Add a comment

    The Council on State Taxation (COST) recently released its 11th annual report on business taxation, revealing that businesses paid a total of $649 billion in state and local taxes in fiscal year 2012—an increase of 3.9 percent from fiscal year 2011. Total state business taxes increased by 5.8 percent from … »

  • Texas vs. Maryland: Opposing Economic Strategies

    | September 24, 2013 | Add a comment

    Recently, Texas Governor Rick Perry and Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley had a verbal sparring match on CNN’s Crossfire. Both participants mentioned various statistics and claimed the mantle of economic success for their states. However, the two strategies are nearly polar opposites. Governor O’Malley’s strategy has been to increase government spending … »