Equitable tax policy in the South

The American South is one of the most racially diverse regions of the country and is famous for its food, hospitality and music. But Southern states also fare worse on most measures of well-being, such as poverty, health and education, partly because they raise less revenue per capita than other states. Inadequate revenue means less financial support for vital public services such as education and health care. A new report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy examines the racist policies that led to the South’s regressive tax laws.