Economic Development Tax Incentives

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Do policymakers have the evidence they need to determine whether tax incentives are working? Are they managing the budget risks associated with tax incentives? Pew’s research answers these and other critical questions, and highlights steps that leading states have taken to estimate and control tax incentive costs and measure the economic impact of these programs.

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  • State Fiscal Policy Toolkit

    The Pew Charitable Trusts researches the fiscal challenges faced by states and examines the policy options available to address them. The resources listed below, which include comprehensive 50-state assessments, illuminate common concerns and creative solutions to help policymakers understand the issues and learn from one another’s experiences. Read More

  • Economic Development Tax Incentives: What Are They and Why Do They Matter?

    Indiana recently announced it would provide United Technologies Corp. with $7 million in tax incentives over 10 years to encourage the company’s Carrier Corp. unit to keep about 1,000 jobs in the state. This Q&A with Josh Goodman of The Pew Charitable Trusts’ states’ fiscal health team explains what economic development tax incentives are, why they matter, and how... Read More

  • Colorado: A Governing Success Story

    Today, leaders in Colorado are doing just that to ensure that state funds are expended on programs that bring the greatest return on investment and serve the public interest. Under the leadership of Governor John Hickenlooper, legislators have worked to craft bipartisan legislation, review budgets, improve services, and build public confidence in the performance of government. In particular, the... Read More

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