Daily Policy Digest

Tax and Spending Issues

Government-Financed Employment in the States

Government-financed jobs accounted for more than 25 percent of nonfarm payroll jobs in seven states -- Alabama, Alaska, Maryland, Mississippi, New Mexico, Virginia and Wyoming...

A Global Wealth Tax?

The International Monetary Fund calculates that raising top income tax rates toward 70 percent in the United States would yield the most revenue -- around 1.25 percent of gross domestic product...

Cigarette Taxes Lead to Black Markets

If California's proposal to increase the cigarette tax by $2.00 is passed, it is estimated that the smuggling rate will rise from 20 percent to 39 percent...

2013 State Tax Cut Roundup

When one state cuts taxes, other states are challenged to enact similar pro-growth reforms in order to compete...

Taking a Look at Capital Consumption Allowances

Depreciation schedules in the United States allow businesses to recover only 62.4 percent of the present value of their investments, on average; this is less than the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development average of 66.5 percent...

Americans Renouncing Citizenship in Record Numbers

So far this year, 2,369 people have either given up their U.S. passports or surrendered their green cards after long-term residency, a record-breaking number...

What Created the Federal Deficits?

Washington will never gain control of federal budget deficits unless it clearly identifies their underlying causes...

Amtrak Loses Millions on Food Service

Almost all of last year's $72 million in food-service losses were from providing meals on long-distance Amtrak trains...

Nonprofit's Taxation Is under Review

Congress is seriously considering changes to the complicated rules that govern the way nonpro´Čüts may operate income-generating businesses...

Inequities in Texas Telecom Taxation

The 10 most populous Texas cities generated more than $300 million in fee and tax revenue from cable television and telephone services in 2011, say Pamela Villarreal, a senior fellow, and Kyle Buckley, a former research associate, with the National Center for Policy Analysis...


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