State News Quick Hits: Revenue Raising Options, New EITC Policy Brief, and More


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MassBudget, in partnership with the Schott Foundation’s Opportunity to Learn Campaign, has launched a new website: “Investing in the Future: Revenue Options to Give Every Child the Opportunity to Learn.”  This website is a resource for education advocacy organizations, grassroots groups, and others who are interested in undertaking a statewide campaign to raise revenue for public education.  It provides information on options for raising adequate revenues for education in progressive ways so that every child can have the opportunity to learn.

If you’re looking for a short explanation of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and a summary of how states differ in their EITC policies, look no further than the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy’s (ITEP) recently updated policy brief.  Short primers on more than 40 tax policy topics are available in ITEP’s full library of policy briefs.

Here’s a great piece by the Associated Press about the perils of not modernizing state tax structures.  Missouri’s income tax brackets haven’t been changed since the Great Depression, and now updating those brackets would cost the state billions in revenue.  For more on the importance of indexing to maintaining a modern tax structure, check out ITEP’s policy brief.

Say it ain’t so… An Ohio Senator is proposing a sales tax holiday to help “lure Kentucky shoppers” to the Buckeye State.  Read why this is a horrible idea in ITEP’s brief, Sales Tax Holidays: An Ineffective Alternative to Real Sales Tax Reform.

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