Daily Policy Digest

Tax and Spending Issues

Taxes on E-Cigarettes Would Perpetuate Smoking

By making e-cigarettes more expensive, additional taxes would discourage smokers from switching from tobacco cigarettes and undermine any economic incentive for smokers to quit...

Illinois Tax Proposals Would Increase Taxes on Most Employers

Transforming Illinois' income tax from a flat rate to a graduated system would only hurt employers and the economy...

Detroit May Privatize Its Water System

Detroit's water system serves 40 percent of the state of Michigan; leasing the system to a private company would bring in $47 million annually to the city for the next four decades...

Baucus Capital Cost Recovery Plan Would Hurt Investment

Senator Max Baucus' tax plan depreciation proposal would negatively impact investment, reduce wages and employment, and lower national output...

Seniors Spending More on Pets

Spending on pets and hobbies is one of the top five fastest-growing spending categories for 65- to 75-year-olds, says Pamela Villarreal, a senior fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis...

States Increasingly Reliant on Federal Dollars

Since 2001, 34 states have seen more than 30 percent of their general revenue come from the federal government...

Housing Tax Breaks Create Inequality, Benefit Democrats

Of the $1 trillion in annual federal tax expenditures, housing breaks in the tax code constitute 15 percent...

Problems with the Marketplace Fairness Act

There is little evidence that states would collect the billions of dollars in revenue that proponents claim would come as a result of an online sales tax, says Pamela Villarreal, a senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis...

Cigarette Taxes Lead to Smuggling

As the cigarette tax rate in New York has risen 190 percent since 2006, the smuggling rate has increased 59 percent...

Public Pension Millionaires

The typical full-career government employee has a retirement income higher than 72 percent of full-time employees working in that state...


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