Daily Policy Digest

Tax and Spending Issues

Top Earners Change from Year to Year

Are America's highest earners the same, static group of ultra-wealthy individuals, sitting atop the income distribution from year to year?...

Which Tax Deductions Expired this Year?

Each year, Congress votes on a group of bills known as "tax extenders" -- various deductions or tax credits that must be renewed year-to-year...

How Much Would Americans Pay in Online Sales Taxes?

The average family that regularly shops online would spend $360 in additional sales taxes next year were the Marketplace Fairness Act in place...

Wisconsin Health Insurance for Public Retirees Needs Reform

Wisconsin's post-employment health benefit program -- which provides health coverage for pre-Medicare retirees -- is unfunded and in need of reform...

Are "Click-Through" E-Commerce Tax Laws Valid?

So far, 13 states have enacted "click-through" laws that require certain out-of-state retailers to collect sales taxes...

Majority of Households Receive More in Government Payments than they Pay in Taxes

It is the top income quintile that is funding government transfer payments to the majority of American households after paying an average of $57,500 in federal taxes...

State Unfunded Pension Liabilities at $4.7 Trillion

A new report from State Budget Solutions finds that state-level public pension plans are underfunded by a staggering $4.7 trillion as of 2014...

Taxpayers Pay $9 Billion in Crop Insurance Subsidies

Crop insurance was a scheme developed by the federal government in the first half of the twentieth century to protect farmers against losses. It was expanded in 1980 when the federal government started paying one-third of the cost of premiums for farmers...

Distorting the Data to Show Income Inequality

Prominent studies on income inequality fail to take into account taxes, government benefits, nonmonetary compensation and the like. When those things are taken into account, the numbers change dramatically...

Facing High Taxes, New Jersey Residents Want to Leave

Half of New Jersey residents want to leave New Jersey; 45 percent want to stay...


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