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Tax and Spending Issues

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...

United States Relies More on Individual Income Tax than OECD Peers

How does the United States' tax policy stack up to other developed nations? Compared to its peers in the OECD, the United States is more reliant on personal income taxes and less dependent on consumption taxes...

Getting Rid of Double Taxation of Corporate Income

Tax experts often decry the "double taxation" of corporate income...

What Many Do Not Realize about Businesses and Taxes

Many people believe that corporations receive excessive amounts of tax breaks; in reality, it is individuals -- not corporations -- that receive the vast majority of tax breaks...


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