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To ensure that economic development tax incentives are achieving their goals effectively, many states have approved laws requiring regular, rigorous, independent evaluations of these programs. For a list of states that have passed evaluation laws since the start of 2012, click here.
H.B. 764, enacted May 22, 2012
What it does
Requires evaluation of all major tax incentives
For specified tax incentives, nonpartisan legislative staff members identify the programs' goals and assess whether they are being achieved.
For incentives with sunset dates, reviews are timed to take place before the programs' expiration to allow policymakers to use the reports to make decisions.
Connects reviews to policymaking
For each tax credit up for review, legislative leaders appoint an evaluation committee with lawmakers from relevant House and Senate committees.
The evaluation committee holds public hearings to discuss the reports.
The committee is responsible for recommending whether incentives should be continued, modified, or ended.
Excerpt from Maryland’s law: Evaluations focus on whether programs have achieved their goals
The report required under subsection (a) of this section shall discuss:
- the purpose for which the tax credit was established;
- whether the original intent of the tax credit is still appropriate;
- whether the tax credit is meeting its objectives;
- whether the purposes of the tax credit could be more efficiently and effectively carried out through alternative methods; and
- the costs of providing the tax credit, including the administrative cost to the State and lost revenues to the State and local governments.