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Tax and Spending Issues

Wyoming Ranks Best, New Jersey Worst, for Business Taxes

The Tax Foundation has released its annual business tax climate index, ranking the fifty states for the strength of their tax systems for business...

Fixing the Tax Code

Full of mismatched incentives, the American tax code is in dire need of reform, yet there has been relatively little pressure from families on Congress to make necessary changes...

Imposing a Single Subject Rule on Federal Legislation

Americans have become used to the laws that come out of Congress -- bills are massive and can reach thousands of pages, making reading them all but impossible...

Your Tax Dollars Paid for Swedish Massages for Rabbits

Unbelievably, the federal government spent $387,000 to give Swedish massages to rabbits and $856,000 to teach mountain lions to use treadmills...

Has the War on Poverty Worked?

One of the trickiest things about assessing developments in poverty is how difficult it is to measure. As Tanner and Hughes explain, the official poverty rate looks only at monetary income and fails to look at non-cash assistance from America's many welfare...

Public Believes Government Wastes 51 Cents of Every Dollar

American government is growing at leaps and bounds, and with that growth has come massive amounts of wasteful spending...

Texans Unhappy with Growth in Toll Roads

Today, there are 5,400 miles of toll roads in the United States -- a 15 percent increase over the previous 10 years...

Drop in Budget Deficit No Indicator of Fiscal Health

The Treasury Department has announced a drop in the federal budget deficit between 2013 and 2014, but the new deficit numbers are incredibly misleading...

A Hidden Tax Increase: The Pease Limitation

A tax provision known as the "Pease limitation" reduces the value of itemized deductions for taxpayers earning a certain amount of money...

Greece Experiments with Minimum Guaranteed Income

For six months, Greece will experiment with providing a minimum guaranteed income to households in 13 municipalities...


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