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Tax and Spending Issues

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...

Nonprofit's Taxation Is under Review

Congress is seriously considering changes to the complicated rules that govern the way nonpro´Čüts may operate income-generating businesses...

Inequities in Texas Telecom Taxation

The 10 most populous Texas cities generated more than $300 million in fee and tax revenue from cable television and telephone services in 2011, say Pamela Villarreal, a senior fellow, and Kyle Buckley, a former research associate, with the National Center for Policy Analysis...

Increasing Infrastructure Spending Merely Shuffles Jobs

Infrastructure projects are capital intensive, not labor intensive; across the United States, just over 300,000 Americans work in highway, street or bridge construction -- less than the population of Wichita, Kansas...

Who Do Federal Tax Polices Benefit?

Government tax and spending policies combine to redistribute more than $2 trillion from the top 40 percent of families to the bottom 60 percent...

Tax Code Overhaul Could Put Small Business at Risk

Small businesses benefit most from some of the breaks that could be at risk under tax code overhaul...

More Transit Spending, Less Urban Growth

Regions that spent more on transit capital improvements in the 1990s tended to grow slower in the 2000s than regions that spent less...

Puerto Rico's Debt Crisis

With $70 billion of debt outstanding, the equivalent of 70 percent of its gross domestic product, Puerto Rico is more indebted than any of America's 50 states...


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