A Big Year for State Tax Reform, and Congrats to COST!

December 15, 2014

Today, State Tax Notes named the Council on State Taxation (COST), who represent the voice of the business community on key state tax issues, as its 2014 Organization of the Year (subscription required). We at the Tax Foundation had won that recognition for three years running and while we had an impressive year, there’s certainly no one we’d rather relinquish the title to more than the excellent folks at COST.

All groups who work on state tax reform should feel proud of the accomplishments of 2014. North Carolina simplified and reduced its whole system, Indiana and Michigan cut investment taxes, New York reformed its entire corporate tax system, and even Rhode Island and the District of Columbia enacted tax reductions. Additionally, voters defeated tax increase proposals in Colorado and Nevada, and in the spring a big tax increase proposal in Illinois failed. Maine raised its sales tax, the only tax increase at the state level in 2014.

The award citation focused on COST’s amicus brief filing program. COST is one of the top twenty organizations filing briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court, including seven in the last two Court terms. COST used to file a few briefs a year but now files at least 15, COST executive director Doug Lindholm told State Tax Notes. I can certainly add from my own experience that COST is respected, hard-working, and a key voice in state tax discussions. Kudos to Doug and his team!

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