Raising taxes to fund increased education spending doesn't necessarily hurt job growth: California and Minnesota raised taxes to fund education and both states had greater job growth than Pennsylvania, Kansas, and Wisconsin, which all cut taxes and state education spending

Revenue growth Per pupil state aid to schools Job growth
California 8% 21% 14%
Minnesota 15% 15% 11%
Kansas -5% -14% 5%
Wisconsin 5% -10% 9%
Pennsylvania 7% -9% 5%

 

Note: The growth in tax revenue and per pupil state aid to schools is measured from 2010-11 to 2014-15. Job growth is measured from January 2011 to August 2015.

Source: Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center analysis of data from the National Association of State Budget Officers Fiscal Survey of the States, Current Employment Statistics data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and per-pupil spending data from Michael Leachman and Chris Mai. 2014. "Most States Still Funding School Less Than Before the Recession." Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. http://goo.gl/G4jNZ7

View the underlying data on epi.org.