Daily Policy Digest

Tax and Spending Issues

Fixing Highways by Taxing Overseas Earnings: A Bad Idea

Two tax-related solutions have been proposed to solve the highway funding problem: a tax repatriation holiday and a tax hike on foreign earnings...

Getting Rid of Ineffective, Unnecessary Federal Spending

Privatizing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which funds services such as PBS or NPR, would save Americans $445 million every year...

35 Percent of Americans Want Pension Reform to be a "Top Priority" for Government

A new Reason-Rupe telephone poll of 1,003 adults found that 72 percent of Americans are concerned about their state and local government's abilities to fund public employee pensions...

Simple Transportation Reforms Would Save Americans Billions

Amtrak was created in 1971 and since its inception has received more than $66 billion from taxpayers...

Pass-through Businesses Aren't Always Small

Because most people don't realize that many large businesses pay individual income taxes, calls for increasing the top individual income tax rate will ultimately hurt a number of large employers...

Obama Tax Proposal Would Reduce Charitable Giving by $9.4 Billion

President Obama has proposed to limit the value of charitable deductions for high-income households -- a move that will have a major negative impact on charitable giving...

Record Number of Americans Gave Up U.S. Citizenship in 2014

A record 3,415 individuals renounced their U.S. citizenship or long-term residency in 2014, according to a list released by the Treasury Department on Tuesday...

Unintended Consequences of Cigarette Taxes: Black Markets and Smuggling

A whopping 58 percent of the New York cigarette market consists of smuggled cigarettes...

Reining in Federal Spending

The debt recently reached $18 trillion -- approximately 101 percent of the United States' GDP...

Win the Super Bowl? Face a Big Tax Bill

There's another aspect to the Super Bowl that Americans might not have thought about -- taxes...


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