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Do Tax And Expenditure Limitations Affect The Size And Growth Of State Government?

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  • RONALD J. SHADBEGIAN
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    This paper focuses on citizens' ability to restrict the size and growth of state government through the use of tax and expenditure limitations (TELs). Most TEL laws are not designed to stop public sector growth but are intended to cap it relative to personal income growth. Evidence indicates that the design of TEL laws increases the elasticity of government size (and growth) with respect to income. Thus, TEL laws, as they currently are written, allow states with high income growth to keep increasing the size of the public sector. Meanwhile, they prevent states with low income growth from doing likewise. While TELs restrict government size and growth in states with below average income, in general they have no significant effect on the size or growth of government. Therefore, as long as income growth is high, TELs end up as little more than political cover for state legislatures. Copyright 1996 Western Economic Association International.

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    Article provided by Western Economic Association International in its journal Contemporary Economic Policy.

    Volume (Year): 14 (1996)
    Issue (Month): 1 (01)
    Pages: 22-35

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:coecpo:v:14:y:1996:i:1:p:22-35

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    1. James M. Poterba & Kim Rueben, 1999. "State Fiscal Institutions and the U.S. Municipal Bond Market," NBER Chapters, in: Fiscal Institutions and Fiscal Performance, pages 181-208 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. Latzko, David A., 2008. "Home Rule and the Size of County Government in Pennsylvania," Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy, Mid-Continent Regional Science Association, Mid-Continent Regional Science Association, vol. 38(1).
    3. Jonathan Millar, 1997. "The Effects of Budget Rules on Fiscal Performance and Macroeconomic Stabilization," Working Papers, Bank of Canada 97-15, Bank of Canada.
    4. Christoph A. Schaltegger & Lars P. Feld, 2004. "Do Large Cabinets Favor Large Governments? Evidence from Swiss Sub-federal Jurisdictions," CREMA Working Paper Series, Center for Research in Economics, Management and the Arts (CREMA) 2004-15, Center for Research in Economics, Management and the Arts (CREMA).
    5. Cutler, David M. & Elmendorf, Douglas W. & Zeckhauser, Richard, 1999. "Restraining the Leviathan: property tax limitation in Massachusetts," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 71(3), pages 313-334, March.
    6. James M. Poterba, 1996. "Do Budget Rules Work?," NBER Working Papers 5550, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    7. Robert B Archibald & David H Feldman, 2004. "State Higher Education Spending and the Tax Revolt," HEW, EconWPA 0412003, EconWPA.

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