Daily Policy Digest

Tax and Spending Issues

Retroactive Taxation and the Baucus Proposal

Retroactive taxes can distort economic activity, reduce efficiency, and slow growth by creating uncertainty and fear that more retroactive tax hikes will be imposed...

The Impact of Taxes on Charitable Giving

A 28 percent cap on the charitable deduction, as proposed in President Obama's FY2013 budget, would result in overall charitable giving dropping by 4.35 percent -- a total loss of $9.4 billion...

Government-Financed Employment in the States

Government-financed jobs accounted for more than 25 percent of nonfarm payroll jobs in seven states -- Alabama, Alaska, Maryland, Mississippi, New Mexico, Virginia and Wyoming...

A Global Wealth Tax?

The International Monetary Fund calculates that raising top income tax rates toward 70 percent in the United States would yield the most revenue -- around 1.25 percent of gross domestic product...

Cigarette Taxes Lead to Black Markets

If California's proposal to increase the cigarette tax by $2.00 is passed, it is estimated that the smuggling rate will rise from 20 percent to 39 percent...

2013 State Tax Cut Roundup

When one state cuts taxes, other states are challenged to enact similar pro-growth reforms in order to compete...

Taking a Look at Capital Consumption Allowances

Depreciation schedules in the United States allow businesses to recover only 62.4 percent of the present value of their investments, on average; this is less than the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development average of 66.5 percent...

Americans Renouncing Citizenship in Record Numbers

So far this year, 2,369 people have either given up their U.S. passports or surrendered their green cards after long-term residency, a record-breaking number...

What Created the Federal Deficits?

Washington will never gain control of federal budget deficits unless it clearly identifies their underlying causes...

Amtrak Loses Millions on Food Service

Almost all of last year's $72 million in food-service losses were from providing meals on long-distance Amtrak trains...


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