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S.tates were busy in the last week In spite of the holidays on July 4th. Many are equip for forthcoming VAT and budget conflicts that their future for some time. Organizer in Arizona take action with a campaign to force a referendum after the governor signs out Tax regulations in an Incredibly regressive budget that could cost the state $ 1.9 billion. Meanwhile, Missouri will no longer be the only state to celebrate its independence have not enacted a Distance Selling Tax Act after this the governor offered his seal of approval. And finally, at ITEP, we treated how states are blows an opportunity use Federal aid and better than expected revenue forecasts to Invest in underfunded services and how Congress should look at the states how to be truly inclusive economically Restoration.

Important government tax proposals and developments

  • Organizers and supporters of the Offer 208 surcharge in the ARIZONA are try to collect signatures Force a referendum on the legislature's latest tax laws, which will gradually introduce a flat tax of 2.5%, cap the maximum rate to 4.5% and allow an alternative filing method for small businesses. – MARCO GUZMAN
  • After a challenge from OHIO Attorney General, a federal judge ruled that the The Treasury Department cannot enforce a rule that prohibits coronavirus aids for tax cuts in the state. AIDAN DAVIS
  • Experts at the Washington Center for State Budget and Politics look back on great victories Won in the state this year to help make the most upside-down tax law in the country fairer and invest in children and communities to ensure a strong recovery. The state has passed a highly progressive excise tax of its kind on capital-generating transactions by wealthy households, an improved and fully funded tax credit for working-class families for middle- and low-income families, and the Fair Start for Children Act that enacts hundreds of millions in communities annually through childcare and childcare Will invest in preschool programs. DYLAN GRUNDMAN O’NEILL

State summary

  • ALABAMA will be annual school supplies sales tax vacation next week from 16.-18. July; Unfortunately, a three-day sales tax vacation doesn't change the fact that the state's lowest earners have almost twice the effective tax rate as the state's top earners.
  • After the adoption of a placeholder budget in June CALIFORNIA Legislator approved a more meaningful budget plan last week that contained agreements on issues such as hazardous waste funding and direct payments of up to $ 1,100 to families, but some details remain to be worked out in negotiations with Governor Gavin Newsom, including paying the childcare provider.
  • HAWAII Legislator overwritten Governor David Ige vetoed a bill lower state hotel taxes and $ 100 million tourism funding, which will be replaced by an optional county-level tax.
  • MAINE Governor Janet Mills Veto against progressive legislation that would have introduced a tiered Real Estate Transfer Tax (RETT) rate on real estate worth over $ 1 million. The additional income would have been used for affordable, low-income housing.
  • A MINNESOTA Tax assessment which primarily includes facilities for individuals and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, goes to the governor's desk and awaits his approval. In particular, the bill does not include the governor's proposed creation of a fifth class of income tax that would have increased the revenues of wealthy taxpayers.
  • With the signature of Governor Mike Parson, MISSOURI will finally be the last state with a sales tax apply its tax to online sales.
  • Look back on NEVADA& # 39; s legislative period shows a Compromise on mining taxes but little other progress in combating the inadequate and unfair tax legislation of the state.
  • NEW JERSEY state senators advanced unanimously a law that bans different prices by gender known as the "pink tax".
  • While the budget consultations in NORTH CAROLINA, harmful income tax cuts remain at the center of the plans under consideration.
  • An interim study too Abolition of the food tax could be in the works OKLAHOMA as legislators on both sides of the aisle have expressed an interest in exploring the options and avenues to make up for the lost revenue.
  • OREGON Legislators tried to raise taxes on the state's powerful timber industry, however instead cut taxes.
  • RHODE ISLAND Legislator approved a state budget of $ 13.1 billion last week; The final budget does not include an increase in the income tax rate for the state's top earners, but does increase the state land transfer tax on sales of homes above $ 800,000, with the proceeds going towards building affordable housing.
  • WEST VIRGINIA Not only will firearms and ammunition manufacturers give tax credits, the state does, too the 6 percent sales tax on weapons abolished and ammunition.

What we read

  • Route fifty Offers a 5-step guide how states and municipalities can effectively leverage federal tax breaks, and a example like a state (Montana) plans to use it to improve childcare options for its residents.
  • ProPublicas groundbreaking exposure the growing wealth of the super-rich and the tax systems they use to keep them growing continues to inspire Calls to action, including one Efforts to reform the Roth IRAs.
  • Sadaf Knight the Florida Political Institute writes how new revenue from online sales tax collection could have been used for major investments but instead used for corporate tax cuts.
  • Grassroots programs got the idea of voluntary property tax, a tax that non-indigenous residents and businesses can pay to help indigenous communities regain access to stolen land.
  • Californians are sing the praises their progressive income tax to help the state get through the pandemic-induced recession better than most.

ITEP is working with the Economic Security Project to bring together poverty reduction experts ahead of the first child tax credit distribution next week in monthly prepayments to eligible taxpayers. Discuss with us on why Congress should extend the American Rescue Plan's CTC expansions beyond 2021, and what we can learn from an initiative to bring low-income mothers in Jackson, Miss., $ 1,000 a month in unconditional cash provides. From theory to practice and what it means for American families, this CTC webinar offers a unique angle to look at these transformative politics.

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