Daily Policy Digest

The U.S. Tax Code: Get Married and Face Potential Penalties

Marriage penalties occur when two individuals with equal incomes marry; this is true for both high- and low-income couples...

Patent Reform Could Soon End Abusive Behavior

Abusive claims accounted for over half of all patent litigation in 2012, while there was a nearly 40 percent increase in suits by non-participating entities (NPE) between 2007 and 2011...

Can Interstate Tolling Save U.S. Roads?

The estimated cost of reconstruction and prudent widening is nearly $1 trillion--and no funding source exists for this purpose...

Government Meddling In Home Mortgages More Now Than It Did In 2008

Billions in taxpayer dollars have been used to prop up the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), an agency that now insures three times the amount of mortgages it did prior to the crisis...

Debt Is Becoming a Growing Problem in Retirement

The percentage of homeowners 65 and older with mortgage debt increased from 22 percent in 2001 to 30 percent in 2011...

Venezuela in Serious Need of Energy Reform

Venezuela has the largest deposit of proven oil reserves, and owns over 17 percent of the world's oil...

Obama Seeks to Nationalize Each State's Electric Power Sector

The EPA's rule fundamentally re-orders the longstanding relation between the feds and states to create a "mother-may-I" relationship that has never before existed...

As Foreign-Born U.S. Population Increases, Incomes Decrease

Between 1970 and 2013, the estimated foreign-born population in the United States increased from 9,740,000 to 41,348,066, respectively, an increase of 31,608,066 persons, representing a percentage increase of 324.5 percent...

Occupational Training Programs: A Viable Alternative to a College Degree?

Policymakers are hesitant to endorse tracking students into occupational training programs, and parents tend to have higher aspirations for their children than technical training...

America to Pay Its Tax Bill on April 24

Americans will pay some $3.3 trillion in federal taxes and $1.5 trillion in state and local taxes, for a total bill of more than $4.8 trillion, or 31 percent of the nation's income...


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