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Reading the fine print: how details matter in tax and expenditure limitations

Heather Brome and Darcy Rollins Saas

No 06-3, New England Public Policy Center Research Report from Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Abstract: At least 30 states, including Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, operate under ?tax and expenditure limitations? (TELs): formula-based budgeting requirements that apply specific limits to expenditures, appropriations, or revenue collections by state or local government. More than a dozen states considered TELs in 2006. Legislation proposing a new TEL to further limit General Fund appropriations in Rhode Island was introduced; Maine citizens will vote on a more restrictive TEL this November. ; Several factors, including a desire for lower taxes and a belief that additional measures are needed to keep government spending in check, drive this interest in TELs. This paper discusses such arguments.

Keywords: Local finance; state finances; Property tax; Tax and expenditure limitations; Taxation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2006
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