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    Off to a Bad Start: START-UP NY Spends $45 Million and Only Creates 76 Jobs

    Off to a Bad Start: START-UP NY Spends $45 Million and Only Creates 76 Jobs

    “Move here, expand here or start a new business here and pay no taxes for 10 years.” If something seems too good to be true, then it probably is – and that goes for Governor Cuomo’s tax carve-out program, START-UP NY. New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli recently revealed that START-UP NY spent $45 million to advertise the program, but created only 76 jobs. The | Read More »

    States Tackle Lawsuit Reform as a Way Toward a Stronger Economy

    States Tackle Lawsuit Reform as a Way Toward a Stronger Economy

    At least 22 state legislatures are considering lawsuit reform this session. As states struggle to reemerge from weak economies, lawsuit reform can be the extra boost needed to lift economies out of their slug. Fortune 500 companies continue to rate lawsuit reform as a top consideration when deciding where to do business and whether to expand operations in a state. It was the reason Toyota | Read More »

    Preemption Laws Provide Backstop for Localized Progressive Politics

    In recent years, as state-level elections empower lawmakers and governors to remove government regulations and promote free markets and entrepreneurism, activists have begun targeting local governments to create big government policy that could not survive at the state capitol. As a result, state lawmakers have found themselves in the precarious position of passing preemption laws to get a handle on intrusive government at the local | Read More »

    On Saint Patrick’s Day, the U.S. Has Much to Learn From Ireland

    On Saint Patrick's Day, the U.S. Has Much to Learn From Ireland

    While Saint Patrick’s Day gives people all over the world a reason to be Irish for a day, it might be better for the United States to move permanently ‘Irish’ when it comes to corporate income tax rates. The United States currently has the highest corporate income tax rate in the developed world at 35 percent federally, and reaches almost 40 percent once the average | Read More »

    The Article V Convention: The Other Way to Pass the Balanced Budget Amendment

    The Article V Convention: The Other Way to Pass the Balanced Budget Amendment

    In fiscal year 2015, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects the federal government will run a deficit of $468 billion, borrowing approximately 13 cents of every dollar it spends. As if this were not enough cause for concern, the CBO’s 10-year forecast projects the deficit will steadily increase to be more than $1 trillion by 2025, leaving the nation with a debt of approximately $27.3 | Read More »

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

    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 plan to tax 529 college savings accounts), President Obama rolled out a budget proposal that | Read More »

    States Prove that Educational Freedom Works

    States Prove that Educational Freedom Works

    State lawmakers will surely haggle over education policy this legislative session, but hopefully they will remember the purpose of any education system during their battle over budgets: excellence in education and an equal opportunity for every child to succeed. The term “education reform” has taken on many meanings since its inception, but its foundations are based on educational freedom: Freedom for parents to determine their | Read More »

    State of the Union Tax Proposal Would Hurt Middle Class

    State of the Union Tax Proposal Would Hurt Middle Class

    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 a row, President Obama has advocated for tax increases that will likely end up hurting those that he claims to help. The weekend before the annual address, the president released the full details of his | Read More »

    A Free Market State Legislative Agenda for 2015

    President Obama will lay out his plan for the nation during the State of the Union tonight, but state legislatures convening across the country in January should not wait for him to act. Legislators are already meeting to discuss fresh ideas and create plans of action to address the many issues facing their states. A 2015 legislative agenda for the states should break out of | Read More »

    Keystone XL: It’s Official – Excuses for Inaction Have Disappeared

    Last year, President Obama halted the U.S. Department of State’s 90-day review of the Keystone XL project, citing the importance of giving the Nebraska Court the time to issue a ruling. Earlier today, the Nebraska Supreme Court overturned a lower court decision, and in doing so, ruled that the Governor of Nebraska has the authority to approve the pipeline’s route. Now that the Nebraska Court | Read More »