Daily Policy Digest

Tax and Spending Issues

Only Half of State Road Spending Is Covered by Gas Taxes and User Fees

In 2011, state and local governments spent $153 billion on highway, road and street expenses, but raised only $77.1 billion in user fees and user taxes...

Transition Cost Should Not Bar Pension Reform

If the full economic costs of defined benefit plans are accounted for, the costs of shifting to more sustainable models are eliminated...

War on Poverty at 50 -- Despite Trillions Spent, Poverty Won

Over, the last 50 years, the government spent more than $16 trillion to fight poverty...

Policies That Discourage Full-Time Work

A higher tax rate means less incentive to work full time and more incentive to work part time...

Fraud Still a Problem in Extended Unemployment Benefit Programs

States recorded some $7.7 billion dollars in improper unemployment insurance payments in 2013, according to the U.S. Department of Labor...

Inflation Leads to High Effective Capital Gains Tax Rate

The capital gains tax slows growth and constitutes a double tax on corporate profits; any time stock is sold above its purchase price, the gain from that sale is taxed...

Ending Farm Subsidies

According to a 2011 U.S. Government Accountability Office study, over 50 farms each received more than $500,000 in subsidies for crop insurance premiums...

Abolishing the Corporate Income Tax

When the corporate income tax is dropped to zero and lost revenue is replaced with somewhat higher personal income tax rates, the Tax Analysis Center's model demonstrates that investment will skyrocket, and output and real wages will rise dramatically, says NCPA Senior Fellow Laurence Kolitkoff...

Tax Code Is Most Progressive in Decades

Despite claims that rising incomes of the top 1 percent are the result of tax cuts for the wealthy, the tax code is actually at its most progressive level in the last 35 years...

A New Year's Resolution on Spending Cuts the Federal Government Could Keep

In 2010, the average farm household earned $84,400, up 9.4 percent from 2009 and about 25 percent more than the average household income nationwide...


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