Daily Policy Digest

No Health Benefit from Cigarette Tax Hikes

Current smokers -- already willing to shell out a significant sum for cigarettes -- are unlikely to be deterred by further tobacco taxes...

Postponing Student Loans Masks Debt Problem

When students are paying back loans, they have the option to postpone their loan payments for up to three years -- a benefit known as "forbearance"...

Consumers Have Less Choice in ACA Exchanges

The exchange in 2015 is 21.5 percent less competitive than the individual market was in 2013...

Which Laws Should Be Repealed in 2015? Suggestions for Lawmakers

With a new Congress taking office, we can expect to see a number of new laws passed. But what about repealing old ones?...

Minimum Wages Rise in 19 States

Nineteen states across the country raised their minimum wages on January 1...

Postponing the Estate Tax

The federal estate tax -- often called the death tax -- is a tax on the transfer of a person's assets at death...

Federal Agencies Ignore Recommendations to Improve Efficiency, Fraud, Waste

The GAO warned the government in 1996 that domestic airlines could be targeted by terrorists without better passenger screening -- five years before the attacks of September 11, 2001...

Federal Child Care and Preschool Grants Come with Strings Attached

President Obama's latest effort to improve childcare and preschool programs through federal grant programs brings with it a new set of problems...

2014: Best Year on Record?

Since 1990, the extreme poverty rate has been cut in half...

Who Is Paying Federal Income Taxes?

The top 50 percent of taxpayers paid almost all of the nation's income taxes -- 96.7 percent...


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