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Tax and Spending Issues

U.S. Cities Grapple with Finances

American cities' fiscal health is lagging behind other sectors of the economy as the recovery slowly takes hold, says the Wall Street Journal...

Companies Relocate to London: Low Corporate Tax

The United Kingdom's base corporate rate is now 23 percent, down from 28 percent in 2010; by 2015, the rate will drop to about 20 percent, compared with about 29 percent in Germany and about 33 percent in France...

How Debt Ceilings Increase Debt

Congress' addiction to overspending has forced it to raise the debt ceiling more than 90 times during the past 70 years, and 15 times since 1993 alone...

AARP Forgot Basic Math

If workers spend the same percentage of their incomes as retirees, then the net economic effect of Social Security isn't $1.4 trillion or 9 million jobs, like a new AARP report claims -- it's zero...

A Tax Reform Plan that Both Parties Can Like

In addition to being simple, transparent and fair, the Common Sense Tax would improve incentives to work and save, and eliminate an entire army of corporate and personal tax accountants and lawyers, say John Goodman, president and CEO, and Laurence J. Kotlikoff, a senior fellow, at the National Center for Policy Analysis...

Food Stamp Program Reform Needed

As recently as 2000, just 17 million Americans participated in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program at a cost of less than $18 billion; today, roughly 48 million Americans receive benefits, costing taxpayers more than $78 billion per year...

Obama and Reagan Agree: Divest the Tennessee Valley Authority

A divestiture of the Tennessee Valley Authority would avoid adding roughly $10 billion to the federal deficit over the next decade through additional capital outlays...

Business Tax Climate Index

Entrepreneurial states can take advantage of the tax increases of their neighbors to lure businesses out of high-tax states...

Professionals Abuse Social Security Programs

At the height of his success in 2010, Eric Christopher Conn employed nearly 40 people and obtained more than $3.9 million in legal fees from the Social Security Administration, making him the agency's third highest paid disability lawyer that year...

Mapping State Corporate Tax Rates

Among the states, the worst to start a new business in are Hawaii, Pennsylvania and Kansas; the best are Nebraska, Louisiana and Ohio...


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