Daily Policy Digest

Tax and Spending Issues

San Jose's Pension Reforms: A Case Study

From 2003 to today, San Jose saw its unfunded liability for post-employment benefits increase from $300 million to more than $4 billion...

Americans Renouncing Citizenship Due to Taxes

The IRS estimates that Americans living abroad owe somewhere between $40 billion and $123 billion in unpaid taxes...

The High Tax Burden on Dividend Income in the United States

The United States has the 9th highest top marginal tax rate on dividend income worldwide...

States Push to Drug Test Welfare Applicants

Utah instituted a questionnaire and drug testing policy for welfare applicants; 250 people were denied benefits and the state saved $350,000 in unpaid benefits...

Congress Considers Lifting Toll Ban

Many states are hoping Congress repeals at 1956 ban on tolling interstates so the tolls can be used to pay for transportation infrastructure...

State and Local Tax Policy Primer

In total, Georgia had the lowest total state tax collection per capita in 2011, at $1,639, followed by South Carolina, South Dakota and Arizona...

Reducing Congestion with Vehicle Mileage Taxes

Charging tolls based on peak driving times would lessen congestion by giving drivers an incentive to drive less during those hours...

Should We Guarantee a Minimum Income?

Replacing U.S. welfare programs with a guaranteed income is unlikely to save the federal government money...

Selling Federal Government Buildings

The federal government owns and leases a total of 361,000 buildings with a replacement value of $1.5 trillion in 2007; these assets could be sold into private hands, saving taxpayer dollars and increasing efficiency...

A Short History of Government Taxing and Spending

From 1930 to 2012, government expenditures rose from 12.1 percent to 35.6 percent of gross domestic product...


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