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Fiscal sweeteners : Did North Carolina lure Dell too much?
Toil and trouble for revenue forecasters : Greater sensitivity to business cycles has made state tax revenues more difficult to predict
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The linkage between regional economic indexes and tax bases: evidence from New York
This paper examines the linkage between economic activity and tax revenues for New York State and New York City. Drawing upon the methodology of Stock and Watson, we use a dynamic single-factor model to estimate indexes of coincident economic indicators. We also construct measures of the sales and withholding tax bases. To conduct an empirical analysis of the relationship between the indexes of economic activity and the tax base series, we use vector autoregression and error correction models. The results provide strong evidence that the coincident indexes contain useful information for ...
\\"What's it worth? Property taxes and assessment practices\\"
Residential property taxes are both a major source of local government financing and a significant cost of owning a home. Tax limitation measures and relatively moderate gains in house prices during most of the 1990s tended to keep property taxes from rising rapidly in those years. But from the late 1990s to the mid-2000s, house prices once again rose sharply. Property taxes followed a similar path, bringing them to greater public attention once again. Now that house prices appear to have shifted to a level or downward trend in most parts of the country, there seems to be increasing concern ...
Evaluating state tax revenue variability: a portfolio approach
State revenue variability is evaluated using a volatility model rooted in portfolio theory. The model evaluates how closely a state's revenue portfolio is constructed to minimize variability in total state tax revenue. The model complements parametric methods of revenue variability.
Put it on my ... er, his tab
Opinion polls show a big gap between the public's desire for services and its willingness to pay for those services
An acquired taste for public goodies
State and local government spending has steadily increased across the district, and states have unique spending priorities
After the fiscal gold rush
Persistent budget shortfalls have created subtle spending shifts and a kitchen-sink mentality to close budget gaps without cutting services
Higher taxes for top earners: can they really increase revenue?