Daily Policy Digest

Tax and Spending Issues

Betrayed: Pensioners and Taxpayers

The most poorly funded state-level defined benefit public pension plans are Illinois (24 percent), Connecticut (25 percent), Kentucky (27 percent) and Kansas (29 percent)...

Missouri, Texas Tax Burdens Even Out

The tax advantage of one state over another depends on an individual's circumstances, says Pamela Villarreal, a senior fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis...

Delay Social Security Claiming

Social Security retirement benefits can be claimed at any age between 62 and 70 years old, with delayed claiming resulting in larger monthly payments...

Individual Tax Rates Impact Business Activity Due to High Number of Pass-Throughs

Between 1980 and 2010, the total number of pass-through businesses nearly tripled, from roughly 10.9 million to 30.3 million...

States Must Get Creative to Fund Highways

In 2011, the Highway Trust Fund income totaled $36.9 billion, while expenditures totaled $44.5 billion, a deficit of $7.6 billion...

Addressing Affordability in the National Flood Insurance Program

As of July 2013, the National Flood Insurance Program owed $24 billion to the U.S. Treasury...

Taxation Across the United States in 2013

Tennessee has the highest average combined state-local sales tax rate at 9.44 percent; Alaska has the lowest at 1.69 percent...

Countries Are Poor Thanks to Bad Policy, Not a Lack of Cash

It long has been evident that nations are poor because of bad policies, not inadequate cash balances, which make economic reform, not foreign aid, the key to growth...

Using Dynamic Analysis Makes Tax Reform Less Challenging

Macroeconomic analysis shows that cutting individual and corporate tax rates with no offsets would boost the level of gross domestic product by more than $2 for every $1 of net dynamic revenue that it "loses" for the Treasury...

A Brief History of Tax Expenditures

Today, the tax expenditure budget is $1.2 trillion, which represents real dollar growth of 44 percent since 1986 and 96 percent growth since 1991 when tax expenditures were at their lowest...


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