Daily Policy Digest

Tax and Spending Issues

Social Security, Medicare Outlook: Better but Still Bleak

The Social Security Disability insurance program faces imminent depletion...

2015 States Most and Least Dependent on the Federal Government

Some states receive a far higher return on their federal income tax contributions than others...

The Rand Paul Tax Plan

Rand Paul's Tax reform plan is expected to boost GDP growth by slightly less than one percent per year...

Throwing Taxpayers Under the Bus

There are reasons to doubt the rosy claims of those who support federally subsidized rapid transit...

The U.S. Corporate Income Tax: A Primer for U.S. Policymakers

There is no need to tax corporate income differently from other income...

Federal Liabilities: 2015 Update

Together the official liabilities of Social Security and Medicare benefits to be received by current retirees total $37.8 trillion...

Can a Research and Development Tax Credit be Properly Designed for Economic Efficiency?

Losses owing to rent-seeking and policy uncertainty undermine the R&D tax credit...

Cost of Police Misconduct Soars in Big U.S. Cities

Data shows rising payouts for police-misconduct settlements and court judgments...

Political Incentives Harm Transportation Funding

Political agendas for transportation funding are leading to dangerous inefficiencies...

The Success of SNAP (Food Stamps) and the Desirability of Taxing Food

The non-taxability of SNAP benefits reduces the regressivity of the sales tax in states that tax food...


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