Key Points
  • A vibrant, growing economy allows businesses and households to flourish.
  • A state’s economic vitality starts with a principled tax code that is fair, transparent and competitive relative to other states.
  • Over the past decade, the nine states without a personal income tax have consistently outperformed the nine states with the highest taxes on personal income – in job creation, population growth and even tax revenues.
  • With the right set of policies in place, lower-tax states can attract much-needed human and financial capital from higher-tax states that penalize wealth creation. 

Mainstream economists, small business owners and taxpayers across the country understand that growth-oriented reforms mean increased opportunity for all. As demonstrated by the annual Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index, sound tax and fiscal policies are critical to economic health, allowing businesses and households to flourish.

A dynamic state economy starts with a principled tax code. As noted in the ALEC Principles of Taxation, state tax codes should be fair, transparent and economically neutral. Low, competitive tax rates on a broad tax base offer a level playing field to all. In this environment, more residents will benefit from greater economic growth.

The advantages of a low-tax environment are clear. Over the past decade, the nine states without a personal income tax have consistently outperformed the nine states with the highest taxes on personal income. Similarly, those states with no income tax saw their population rise 109 percent faster than their high-tax counterparts. In those same ten years, job growth in states with no income tax increased 130 percent faster versus the states with the highest income taxes. Even state and local tax revenues in the nine states without income taxes grew 51 percent faster. While other factors have surely played a role, these general trends held true decade after decade for the past half-century.

As the research overwhelmingly shows, competitive tax and fiscal policies are vital to a state’s future. With the right set of policies in place, lower-tax states can attract much-needed human and financial capital from higher-tax states that penalize wealth creation.

Publications

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Model Policies

  • Act Establishing Foreign Wire Transfer Fees Draft

    BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THIS STATE Section 1. Fees on wire transfers to entities located outside the borders of the United States. (A) Any vendor providing wire transfer services in this state shall assess a fee of [X] percent (X%) on any wire transfer originating in this…

  • Workforce Housing Tax Incentives Program Draft

    Section. 1. Definitions. (1) “Brownfield site” means an abandoned, idled, or underutilized property where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination. A brownfield site includes property contiguous with the site on which the property is located. A brownfield site does not include property which has been…

  • Short-Term Rental Tax Policy Draft

    Definitions: “Booking service” mean a person or entity who, directly or indirectly: (a) provides one or more online, computer or application-based platforms that individually or collectively can be used to: (i) list or advertise offers for short-term rentals, and (ii) either accept such offers,…

  • Taxpayer Transparency Act Final

    Be it enacted by the Legislature of the [COUNTY] as follows: Section I. [Chapter] of the Code of [COUNTY] is hereby added as provided hereinafter: TAXPAYER TRANSPARENCY 1 Title. 2 Legislative intent. 3 Definitions. 4 Searchable budget database website created. 5 Updates. 6 Compliance with Act. 7 Electronic public access…

  • Local Taxpayer Protection Act Final

    Be it enacted by the Legislature of [COUNTY] as follows: Section 1. Local Taxpayer Protection Act. (A) Should the annual operating budget result in an increase in property tax levy, adoption by the Legislature shall require a vote of two-thirds of the total Legislature. (B) The…

  • Taxpayer Receipt Act Final

    SECTION 1. DEFINITIONS “Department” means the Department of Management and Budget, Department of Revenue, or the Office of State Policy and Budget (depending on the state). “Major state taxes” means income, sales, alcohol, tobacco, and motor vehicle fuels tax. SECTION 2. TAXPAYER RECEIPT. (a) The department shall develop…

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Task Forces

Tax and Fiscal Policy

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