Daily Policy Digest

Tax and Spending Issues

Better Budget Rules Could Lead to Reform

A constitutional rule would be the best way to fix Congress's budget enforcement problem and would impose some external enforcement on legislators that would be difficult to circumvent...

Should Take-and-Bake Pizza Be Taxed?

Twenty-four states currently follow the Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board's taxing guidelines, but they cannot agree on the proper way to tax uncooked food sold in restaurants...

Cities Going Broke Across America

Most municipalities face financial crises not due to one unlucky event but due to a pattern of financial mismanagement and negligence, and a poor, antigrowth environment...

Special Taxing Districts Circumvent Spending Limits

In 2012, there were 38,266 special taxing districts in the United States; many of these have taxing and spending powers...

How Are Seniors Spending Their Money?

The average credit card balance for 65 to 74 year olds in 2010 was $6,000, compared to just $2,100 in 1989...

The Netherlands Embarks on Welfare Reform

The Netherlands now requires the unemployed to demonstrate proof that they are actively searching for a job before they can become eligible for benefits...

Fiscal Condition of the 50 States

Overall, the states in the best fiscal condition are Alaska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska and Wyoming; at the bottom of the list are California, Massachusetts, Illinois, Connecticut and New Jersey...

Progressive Tax Code Not Visible in Tax Expenditures

The top quintile of earners receives 50.6 percent of tax expenditures but pays 94.1 percent of individual income taxes...

Corporate Taxes Have Hidden Costs

Corporate income tax revenue has fallen as a share of federal revenue from 30 percent in the 1950s to around 10 percent today...

What Does It Mean When a Pension Plan Is Funded?

Current accounting rules mean that riskier investments are given higher expected rates of return, so if a plan takes on more risk, it is considered "better funded" than a less risky plan...


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