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A Comparison of State Minimum Wages (Article/Tax Facts)
Norton Francis, Yuri Shadunsky

This Tax Fact examines minimum wages across states. The current federal minimum wage, which applies to almost all employees, is $7.25 per hour — unchanged since 2010. The District of Columbia and 21 states set minimum wages higher than the federal rate.

Posted to Web: April 01, 2014Publication Date: March 31, 2014

State Economic Monitor: January 2014 (Series/State Economic Monitor)
Norton Francis, Yuri Shadunsky

The latest edition of the Tax Policy Center's State and Local Finance Initiative's State Economic Monitor finds the recovery still struggling for momentum. The unemployment rate has improved but remains over 40 percent higher than the pre-recession rate and public sector employment continues to contract, driven by federal reductions in employment. The Monitor reviews the health of various aspects of state economies, including employment, housing, state finances, and economic growth. This edition also examines research on Medicaid expansion in the states.

Posted to Web: January 24, 2014Publication Date: January 24, 2014

State Economic Monitor: October 2013 (Series/State Economic Monitor)
Norton Francis, Yuri Shadunsky

The latest edition of the Tax Policy Center's State and Local Finance Initiative's State Economic Monitor finds that revenue growth is accelerating in most states but many jurisdictions faced strong economic headwinds going into the recent partial government shutdown and potential default. In several states, a decline in public sector jobs was boosting unemployment even before the partial shutdown. The Monitor reviews the health of various aspects of state economies, including employment, housing, state finances, and economic growth.

Posted to Web: October 15, 2013Publication Date: October 15, 2013

State Economic Monitor: Quarterly Appraisal of State Economic Conditions (Series/State Economic Monitor)
Benjamin H. Harris, Yuri Shadunsky

The inaugural edition of the state economic monitor reviews the health of various aspects of state economies, including employment, housing, state finances, and economic growth. This monitor documents key economic conditions through June 2013 in all 50 states, and also serves as a valuable collection of various state-level economic data. One key finding in this monitor is the remarkable breath of the economic recovery, with all but six states showing gains over the past three months and past year in indices of economic activity.

Posted to Web: July 09, 2013Publication Date: July 09, 2013

State and Local Tax Deductions (Article/Tax Facts)
Yuri Shadunsky

Federal taxpayers choose between itemizing deductions and claiming the standard deduction. Itemizers can claim deductions for state and local income and property taxes paid. (Through 2013, taxpayers may deduct state and local sales taxes paid in lieu of income taxes.) In 2011, 46.6 million taxpayers claimed the deduction for state and local taxes paid, deducting almost $470 billion from their tax returns.

Posted to Web: July 01, 2013Publication Date: July 01, 2013

State and Local Governments in Economic Recoveries: This Recovery is Different (Research Report)
Benjamin H. Harris, Yuri Shadunsky

Examining state and local finances in recent economic recoveries, we find that state and local government activity exhibited an unprecedented decline during the most recent recovery. Never before had state and local contribution to GDP been negative three years after a recession passed its low point. This decreased activity caused a contraction in state and local government payrolls. While many factors affect these trends, it is likely that the unusually low growth in property tax revenue heavily impacted this decline.

Posted to Web: April 22, 2013Publication Date: April 22, 2013

Gas Taxes, Gas Prices, and Fuel Economy (Article/Tax Facts)
Kim Rueben, Yuri Shadunsky

Gas prices have increased substantially since the beginning of this year, continuing their upward trend since 1990. American drivers are pushing the federal and state governments to implement policies to lower gas prices. But gasoline taxes have not contributed to the increase in gas prices. Rather than bringing pump prices down, lowering gasoline taxes or having gas tax holidays will mostly shift gasoline purchases across state lines or encourage people to fuel up during the gas tax holidays. Such proposals will siphon away revenues from already cash-strapped states and do little to help consumers and the economy.

Posted to Web: April 24, 2012Publication Date: April 23, 2012

Gasoline Taxes and Rising Fuel Prices (Research Report)
Kim Rueben, Yuri Shadunsky

Gas prices have increased substantially since the beginning of this year, continuing their upward trend since 1990. American drivers are pushing the federal and state governments to implement policies to lower gas prices. But gasoline taxes have not contributed to the increase in gas prices. Rather than bringing pump prices down, lowering gasoline taxes or having gas tax holidays will mostly shift gasoline purchases across state lines or encourage people to fuel up during the gas tax holidays. Such proposals will siphon away revenues from already cash-strapped states and do little to help consumers and the economy.

Posted to Web: April 24, 2012Publication Date: April 24, 2012

 

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