States and localities should carefully evaluate the effectiveness of the incentives they offer to attract or retain businesses.
When considering bond financing, state and local policymakers should:
Federal and state laws should prohibit maximum hiring ages and mandatory retirement ages for all workers. This should include public-safety employees.
Businesses that bid on federal, state, and local contracts should be required to report any complaints and determinations of unlawful and unfair practices.
Due to their regressive nature, raising state and local sales taxes should not be the first choice for increasing tax revenues.
States and localities should include services in the taxable base to reduce regressivity and improve neutrality.
Exemptions from state retail sales taxes should be narrowly designed to reduce their regressive nature and avoid
Policymakers should adopt minimum service standards and consumer protections to ensure fair terms and conditions.
Policymakers should ensure network reliability and resiliency for utility and telecommunications services.
Policymakers should establish a definition of “universal service” for the energy industry that is similar to the one in the Telecommunications Act of 1996.