The Importance of Rich States, Poor States

  “The big story this year is the bipartisan embrace of state tax cuts,” said Jonathan Williams, Vice President of the ALEC Center for State Fiscal Reform and co-author of Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index. “States are...

Live free or . . . move to another state?

  Travis Brown talks to Rep. Kenneth Weyler (NH) at the 2015 ALEC Conference in San Diego. Weyler is a 20 year member of ALEC where he comes to learn about fiscal policy from leaders like Jonathan Williams with Rich States, Poor States that he can take back to...

What’s Right with Kansas Gov. Brownback’s Tax Cuts

Dave Trabert (Kansas Policy Institute) talks with Travis Brown at the 2015 ALEC Conference in San Diego about what is really going on with the Kansas tax cuts. The stories that most legislators and media hear out of Kansas are simply not true. Self-employments taxes...

Due To Mind-Boggling System, New York City Hires “Taxpayer Advocate”

When a city’s tax situation is so complex and burdensome that it has to hire a “taxpayer advocate,” that may be a sign of a problem. Such is the scenario in New York City, where Diana Leyden recently took the helm of an office designed to help taxpayers navigate the...

Ohio is a state trying to turn its economy around.

  Rep. Wes Retherford (OH) talks with Travis Brown at the 2015 ALEC Conference in San Diego about trying to change Ohio’s tax policy to invest in workforce development. When you reward people to work with lower tax rates, you see the results. When...

Oklahoma’s Pathway to Fiscal Prosperity

  Given Oklahoma’s proximity to Texas, one of the nine states in the United States that does not tax personal income, the state was routinely finding itself losing people and jobs to the Lone Star state. All of that started to change in 2004. That year for the...