Daily Policy Digest

Tax and Spending Issues

Making Bonus Expensing Permanent

Making bonus expensing permanent would encourage firms to acquire more equipment and capital which, in turn, would expand production, raise productivity and boost wages and employment...

Do Higher State Taxes Hurt the Economy?

Florida, Nevada, Washington and Tennessee (four of the nine states without a personal income tax) are among the top 10 states that have gained population from 1989 to 2005...

Don't Reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank

Larry Kudlow explains why Congress should oppose the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank...

Permanently Banning the Internet Tax

The federal ban on state internet taxation is set to expire on October 31, 2014...

The Consequences of the "Great Society"

In the 50 years since the onset of the "Great Society," the United States has spent nearly $22 trillion and implemented 80 welfare programs...

Government Spending Tax Dollars on Social Media

In 2013, the U.S. State Department spent $630,000 purchasing Facebook "likes"...

What Can You Buy with Food Stamps?

Cupcakes and gourmet cakes are considered food under the food stamp program, no matter the price...

New Research Highlights Flaws in the Mortgage Interest Deduction

The Mortgage Interest Deduction encourages high-income earners to purchase homes up to 20 percent larger than the homes they would have bought without the deduction...

Obamacare Increases Marginal Tax Rate on Labor by Six Percentage Points

Obamacare increases marginal tax rates on labor by 6 percent, making it one of the largest tax increases of the past seven decades...

Average U.S. Workers Pay 30 Percent of Earnings in Taxes

The average American earner faces an individual income tax and a payroll tax equal to 31.3 percent of his pre-tax income...


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