Daily Policy Digest

Tax and Spending Issues

Lawyers See Big Profits from Disability Claims

Attorneys receive taxpayer-funded fees each time they successfully place a client in the Social Security Disability Insurance program...

Tax Fraud -- in Prisons?

Tax fraud by prisoners has become a billion dollar problem...

Federal Government Spent $3.1 Trillion in the States in 2013

The national government spent $3.1 trillion in the states in 2013, up from $2.5 trillion in 2004...

The CBO Needs Dynamic, not Static, Scoring Models

When Congress passes a spending bill or a new tax measure, it is scored by either the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) or the Joint Committee on Taxation (JT)T. Unfortunately, both entities used flawed scoring models...

Stockholders Lose Dividends with High Corporate Tax Rates

Typically, American companies have paid dividends worth 4 to 5 percent of stock value. Over the last several years, however, dividends have been closer to 2 percent...

Combating Executive Orders with Appropriations

Congress can use the appropriations process to limit the conditions for which federal money can be used...

Top Earners Change from Year to Year

Are America's highest earners the same, static group of ultra-wealthy individuals, sitting atop the income distribution from year to year?...

Which Tax Deductions Expired this Year?

Each year, Congress votes on a group of bills known as "tax extenders" -- various deductions or tax credits that must be renewed year-to-year...

How Much Would Americans Pay in Online Sales Taxes?

The average family that regularly shops online would spend $360 in additional sales taxes next year were the Marketplace Fairness Act in place...

Wisconsin Health Insurance for Public Retirees Needs Reform

Wisconsin's post-employment health benefit program -- which provides health coverage for pre-Medicare retirees -- is unfunded and in need of reform...


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