Daily Policy Digest

Tax and Spending Issues

State and Local Tax Policy Primer

In total, Georgia had the lowest total state tax collection per capita in 2011, at $1,639, followed by South Carolina, South Dakota and Arizona...

Reducing Congestion with Vehicle Mileage Taxes

Charging tolls based on peak driving times would lessen congestion by giving drivers an incentive to drive less during those hours...

Should We Guarantee a Minimum Income?

Replacing U.S. welfare programs with a guaranteed income is unlikely to save the federal government money...

Selling Federal Government Buildings

The federal government owns and leases a total of 361,000 buildings with a replacement value of $1.5 trillion in 2007; these assets could be sold into private hands, saving taxpayer dollars and increasing efficiency...

A Short History of Government Taxing and Spending

From 1930 to 2012, government expenditures rose from 12.1 percent to 35.6 percent of gross domestic product...

Where to Cut Government Spending

Over half of the federal government's spending in 2013 went toward transferring wealth through subsidies and benefit programs...

An Opening for Tax Reform

Since the recession began in 2007, the Congressional Budget Office's 10-year projections show that $4.9 trillion in revenues have been lost solely due to slower growth...

Impact of the Capital Gains Tax

Because the capital gains tax encourages consumption, fewer funds are invested; people who do invest are hesitant, due to the tax, to move from one investment to another, even if it would be better, thus slowing economic growth...

Why Per-Mile Tolling Is Better Than Fuel Taxes

A toll per-mile would allow funding to be funneled back to the highway providers in proportion to the amount of miles driven on each road...

Who Actually Pays Corporate Income Taxes?

Corporations can choose to offset their taxes by increasing their prices, passing on the tax to consumers in the form of more expensive goods and services...


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