Daily Policy Digest

Tax and Spending Issues

$412 Billion in Welfare Spending in 2013

Between 1998 and 2013, the United States saw an 83 percent increase in federal welfare spending...

Government Made $106 Billion in Improper Payments

New figures indicate that the federal government made $106 billion in improper payments in 2013...

You're Paying Double for Sugar

American sugar prices would be a lot lower if the government would stop interfering in the sugar market...

Twenty Percent of U.S. Households on Food Stamps

For 38 months straight, more than 46,000,000 Americans have been on food stamps...

How to Limit Government Spending? Use a TEL

Tax and expenditure limits, or TELs, are limits on government spending...

There's a Big Poverty Trap in Illinois' Welfare System

An analysis of Illinois' welfare program shows large financial disincentives to moving off of public assistance...

Mississippi Relies Most, Alaska Least, on Federal Aid

Mississippi relies on federal aid more than any other state, with more than 45 percent of its general revenue coming from the federal government...

Why Is America Losing 60,000 Corporations Each Year?

Since 2006, the United States has lost 60,000 corporations annually...

Does California's High-Speed Rail Project Make Sense?

California is hardly considered a model of fiscal restraint, so its latest attempt to fund a high-speed rail project may come as no surprise...

The Capital Gains Tax Sometimes Taxes Losses

The capital gains tax can impose taxes even when an individual loses money...


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