Daily Policy Digest

Tax and Spending Issues

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...

The Indebted States of America

Arkansas defaulted in 1933 -- one of more than 4,700 Depression-era defaults by state and local government entities, including nearly 900 by school districts...

To Deal With Waste, Fraud and Abuse, Cut Spending

Lawmakers in Congress have been captured by private interests and will continue to support programs even in the face of clear evidence that they shouldn't...

Office of Management and Budget Report on Regulations Not Representative

While 3,700 regulations were issued in fiscal year 2012, with 80 of them being categorized as "major," only 14 regulations were included in the Office of Management and Budget's analysis...

Should the United States Move to a Consumption Tax?

Tax reform should move us in the direction of taxing consumption rather than saving and investment...


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