Daily Policy Digest

Tax and Spending Issues

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...

Misusing Budget Data

The ability to take one set of data and produce two completely different conclusions creates the opportunity for mischief...

Do Men and Women Receive the Same Amount of Pension Benefits?

At age 55, the average man will receive a pension benefit worth 23 percent of lifetime earnings, compared to 19 percent for the average woman...

Getting Rid of State and Local Tax Deductions

In 2012, the ability for individuals to deduct their individual income taxes reduced federal tax revenue by $45 billion, according to Office of Management and Budget estimates...


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