Daily Policy Digest

Tax and Spending Issues

Pricing Roads to Revitalize U.S. Infrastructure

An investment public-private partnership plan would relieve congestion; the price of using the road would reflect the actual cost, and congestion pricing would allocate road space to those who most value it...

Wastebook 2013

The Army National Guard spent $10 million on Superman movie tie-ins while plans were being made to cut the strength of the Guard by 8,000 soldiers...

State Income Tax Laws Vary Widely

New York says that it would lose $100 million annually from legislation that sets a 30-day minimum for income tax liability for individuals who live and work in different states...

Retroactive Taxation and the Baucus Proposal

Retroactive taxes can distort economic activity, reduce efficiency, and slow growth by creating uncertainty and fear that more retroactive tax hikes will be imposed...

The Impact of Taxes on Charitable Giving

A 28 percent cap on the charitable deduction, as proposed in President Obama's FY2013 budget, would result in overall charitable giving dropping by 4.35 percent -- a total loss of $9.4 billion...

Government-Financed Employment in the States

Government-financed jobs accounted for more than 25 percent of nonfarm payroll jobs in seven states -- Alabama, Alaska, Maryland, Mississippi, New Mexico, Virginia and Wyoming...

A Global Wealth Tax?

The International Monetary Fund calculates that raising top income tax rates toward 70 percent in the United States would yield the most revenue -- around 1.25 percent of gross domestic product...

Cigarette Taxes Lead to Black Markets

If California's proposal to increase the cigarette tax by $2.00 is passed, it is estimated that the smuggling rate will rise from 20 percent to 39 percent...

2013 State Tax Cut Roundup

When one state cuts taxes, other states are challenged to enact similar pro-growth reforms in order to compete...

Taking a Look at Capital Consumption Allowances

Depreciation schedules in the United States allow businesses to recover only 62.4 percent of the present value of their investments, on average; this is less than the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development average of 66.5 percent...


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