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Tax and Spending Issues

Social Security Disability Insurance Costs More than Medicare

Economist Richard Burkhauser calls the explosion in the number of people gaining federal disability benefits a "policy-driven epidemic"...

American Cities and States Must Promise Less or Face Disaster

By one recent estimate, the total pension gap for the states is $2.7 trillion, or 17 percent of gross domestic product...

Oregon Mileage-Based User Fee

New legislation in Oregon will provide 5,000 Oregonians with the option to pay 1.5 cents for each mile they travel on state roads, rather than paying the state's 30 cents per gallon gas tax...

Obama Administration: Largest Tax Hike since WWII

From 2009 to 2017, taxes as a percentage of gross domestic product will have risen 3.8 points, a larger tax hike than under any other American president since WWII...

Do the Poor Vote Their Self-Interest?

Most of those paying little in taxes want more government transfers, but surprisingly, the desire for transfers that others will pay for has almost no effect on people's voting behavior...

County Employees Make More than the Residents They Serve

County workers make more than their private-sector counterparts virtually everywhere on the East Coast, the West Coast and the Rust Belt...

Light-Rail to Nowhere

A report on Honolulu's $5.3 billion light-rail project shows that the city's congestion will still be worse in the future, even with rail...

States Are Stepping Up on Transportation Policy

A six-year transportation bill would require roughly $320 billion to maintain current spending levels; Highway Trust Fund revenue and interest over the same period are expected to bring in only $240 billion...

Federal Disability Insurance Recipients Often Could Be Working

Returning to work is not a goal for 71 percent of Social Security Disability Insurance recipients and 60 percent of Supplemental Security Income recipients...

Are Tax Credits the Best Solution for Education?

On top of compliance costs, higher education tax credits have a second economic cost: they are susceptible to fraud...


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