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Tax Foundation Releases First-Ever Mid-Year Update of Facts & Figures
We have re-released the 2009 version of Facts and Figures, a pocket-sized booklet comparing the 50 states on 37 different measures of taxing and spending, including individual and corporate income tax rates, business tax climates, excise taxes, tax burdens and state spending. The number and significance of state tax changes that have occurred in the first half of 2009 has necessitated the first mid-year update of the booklet in the annual publication's history.
According to Tax Foundation President Scott Hodge:
Many states have started the new fiscal year with tax codes that are vastly different compared to just a few months ago. Accurate and timely information on state fiscal issues is more important now than ever—especially as lawmakers in many states continue to struggle with budget shortfalls. As legislators look to the tax code for solutions, our Facts & Figures handbook provides a yardstick against which they can measure their state's fiscal competitiveness compared to others.
Read the news release or download a PDF of the booklet. Free single copies are available within the continental U.S. Send us an e-mail with your name and mailing address; please allow two weeks for delivery.
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