Daily Policy Digest

Tax and Spending Issues

How Would the Internet Sales Tax Hurt New Businesses?

Lawmakers are pushing to enact the Marketplace Fairness Act after the November midterm elections...

Death to the Death Tax

Upon death, the federal government taxes 40 percent of the deceased's income and assets above an exemption threshold...

How Much Do Americans Pay in Cell Phone Taxes?

Americans pay 17 percent in federal, state and local cell phone taxes...

Judge Rules Pensions Can Be Cut During Bankruptcy

A bankruptcy judge ruled that California's public employee pensions have no protection during bankruptcy...

Fiscal Report Card: Which State Governors Are Earning As?

Cutting business and individual taxes is critically important, because tax rates discourage investment and constrain entrepreneurs from starting new businesses...

Are American Retirees Facing a Crisis?

Politicians across the country are claiming that Americans are facing a retirement crisis, with estimates of retirement unpreparedness ranging from 53 percent to 84 percent of Americans...

Federal Spending Spree at End of Fiscal Year

Because agencies cannot carry their funds over from year to year, federal agencies tend to spend September 30th on a shopping spree...

Tax Reform Needed to Spur Growth

GDP growth in the first six months of 2014 has been just 1.25 percent...

Zombie Spending

Government programs often outlive their rationales, says Michael Tanner of the Cato Institute...

The Economic and Fiscal Effects of Eliminating the Federal Death Tax

The death tax encourages people to consume more and invest less because there is less of an incentive to save if the government can end up confiscating 40 percent of assets...


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