Daily Policy Digest

Tax and Spending Issues

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...

Obama Tax Proposal Would Hurt Investment

A proposal from President Obama to tax investment returns would simply disincentivize investment...

States Considering Gas Tax Hikes

Raising the gas tax is going to be difficult, so many states are trying to link their gas taxes to inflation or set the tax at a specific percentage per gallon, as 18 states and Washington, D.C., currently do...

Economy Suffers from Government-Directed Lending Policies

Government policies that force banking and other institutions to offer loans at unprofitable rates essentially impose a tax on financial activity...

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...


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