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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...

Could the Detroit Crisis Happen to the Rest of the United States?

Detroit has a much less likely chance of recovery compared to other struggling cities and municipalities, simply because it was sinking for so long, says Pamela Villarreal, a senior fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis...

Capital Income Taxation Discriminates Against Saving

The income tax's saving penalty distorts the timing of consumption by favoring consumption today over consumption in the future...

19 U.S. Cities Have Proportionately Bigger Workforces than Bankrupted Detroit

One of every 28 of San Francisco's 800,000 residents is on the city payroll...

New $444 Million Hockey Arena Is Still a Go in Detroit

Including interest, it's projected that there will be a total of $444 million in taxpayer funds spent on a new hockey arena for the Red Wings...

The Government Scandal (You Haven't Heard Of)

In 2011, federal taxpayers funded 3.4 million hours of union work at a cost of $156 million...

Detroit Bankruptcy Could Hit Millions of Retirees

Detroit now owes more than $17 billion in promised lifetime pensions and health benefits for retirees...


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