Daily Policy Digest

Tax and Spending Issues

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...

High Tax States Losing Billions

From 1992 to 2010, $68.1 billion in income moved from New York -- $19 billion of it moved to Florida, which has no state income tax...

Tax Disparities in Blue States and Red States

On the California side of Lake Tahoe, the average taxpayer pays nearly three times the amount that his counterpart on the Nevada side pays...

Refundable Tax Credits in ObamaCare

The Joint Committee on Taxation estimated in February 2013 that ObamaCare subsidies would reach $96 billion by 2017; in its latest economic outlook, the Congressional Budget Office projected the figure at $118 billion...

The Real Cost of Fannie and Freddie

Taxpayers are responsible for $4 trillion in government-sponsored enterprises guarantees, yet those risks are not accounted for in budget reporting...


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