Daily Policy Digest

Tax and Spending Issues

Federal Spending Spree at End of Fiscal Year

Because agencies cannot carry their funds over from year to year, federal agencies tend to spend September 30th on a shopping spree...

Tax Reform Needed to Spur Growth

GDP growth in the first six months of 2014 has been just 1.25 percent...

Zombie Spending

Government programs often outlive their rationales, says Michael Tanner of the Cato Institute...

The Economic and Fiscal Effects of Eliminating the Federal Death Tax

The death tax encourages people to consume more and invest less because there is less of an incentive to save if the government can end up confiscating 40 percent of assets...

Obama Administration Issues New Rules to Combat Tax Inversions

The Treasury Department tightened tax rules Monday to deter U.S. companies from moving their legal headquarters to lower-tax countries, part of a White House effort to slow a wave of so-called corporate inversions that effectively reduce federal revenues...

Overselling the Earned Income Tax Credit

Twenty-seven million families received the EITC in 2012 at a cost of $63 billion, or twice the cost of TANF and associated state programs...

The War on Poverty: 50 Years of Failure

Since President Johnson proclaimed his unconditional war on poverty, taxpayers have spent roughly $22 trillion dollars, which, adjusted for inflation, is three times the cost of all military wars since the American Revolution...

2015 Tax Rates, Brackets & Exemption Amounts May Save Taxpayers Money

Tax brackets will nudge upwards, meaning taxes should decreases for many taxpayers...

States Reinstitute Work Requirements for Food Stamps

To receive food stamps, low-income, childless adults are generally required to work or participate in a work training program for a minimum of 20 hours per week...

Have We Won the War on Poverty?

Since Lyndon Johnson's launching of the War on Poverty in 1964, America has spent $22 trillion in taxpayer dollars on programs aimed at reducing poverty...


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