Daily Policy Digest

Tax and Spending Issues

Impact of the Capital Gains Tax

Because the capital gains tax encourages consumption, fewer funds are invested; people who do invest are hesitant, due to the tax, to move from one investment to another, even if it would be better, thus slowing economic growth...

Why Per-Mile Tolling Is Better Than Fuel Taxes

A toll per-mile would allow funding to be funneled back to the highway providers in proportion to the amount of miles driven on each road...

Who Actually Pays Corporate Income Taxes?

Corporations can choose to offset their taxes by increasing their prices, passing on the tax to consumers in the form of more expensive goods and services...

Do Income Taxes Mean Less Work?

Income taxes reduce the overall labor supply...

Getting Rid of Tennessee's Investment Tax

Tennessee lawmakers are likely to repeal a 6 percent tax on investment income, taxing dividends and interest this year, which would move the state from the 15th best state for business up to the 11th...

America Should Learn From Past Success

Last year, the United States spent 55 percent more money than it did in 1999, while economic growth only increased 30 percent...

New Tax Would Increase Travel Costs

Tax advocates are looking to impose hotel occupancy taxes on online travel sites' service fees -- a short-term way to add more pennies to state coffers rather than actually deal with more fundamental fiscal problems...

The Earned Income Tax Credit and the Minimum Wage

The earned income tax credit is only available for working families and targets poverty much more effectively than does the minimum wage...

Retiring Soon? Pay off the House First

When considering a move for their senior years, whether to another home or another state, pre-retirees should look at the pros and cons of carrying a mortgage, says Pamela Villarreal, a senior fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis...

Facts and Myths about the U.S. Corporate Tax Rate

The corporate income tax rate in the United States is so high that it leads to inefficiency in taxation, because businesses plan extensively to avoid the tax, shrinking the tax base...


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