2013 Tax Cut Roundup Released

ALEC’s Center for State Fiscal Reform is proud to announce its newest publication, the 2013 State Tax Cut Roundup. Released this morning, the report has already garnered national media attention from The Washington Post, Politico, and the Washington Examiner.

The report highlights the 18 states that cut taxes in the 2013 legislative year. Some states like North Carolina enacted fundamental tax reform, while others made smaller changes.


The tax policy changes enacted by states reflect an emphasis on pro-growth reforms that encourage economic expansion and competition.

Of the 18 states that cut taxes during the 2013 legislative year, there were 25 cuts in specific tax categories. Nearly one quarter of the 25 tax cuts were to the personal income tax, followed by reductions to various state specific taxes and to the corporate income tax. Sales tax reductions were the least enacted form of tax cuts in 2013.

The states that significantly cut taxes during the 2013 legislative year are:

Alaska, Arkansas , Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin.

“There is growing consensus that taxes discourage competitiveness and economic growth, with taxes on income being among the worst,” said Jonathan Williams, co-author of the report and director of the American Legislative Exchange Council Center for State Fiscal Reform. “To enhance competitiveness, policymakers across America are looking for ways to reduce the cost of living, working, and doing business within their states.”

“Over the past ten years, the nine states with no personal income tax grew their population by 150 percent and saw their gross state product grow by 40 percent more than their high-tax counterparts,” said Ben Wilterdink, co-author of the report and a research analyst at the Center for State Fiscal Reform. “The data shows states that do not levy a personal income tax are outperforming their high-tax counterparts in just about every way.”

To see the full report, visit

In Depth: Cronyism

Cronyism in tax policy stifles innovation, hinders competition and introduces a deep temptation for corruption. The 2014 ALEC Center for State Fiscal Reform study, The Unseen Costs of Tax Cronyism: Favoritism and Foregone Growth, found that in the most recent year in which states published their respective tax expenditure…

+ Cronyism In Depth