Daily Policy Digest

Massachusetts Tax Revenue Forecasts

Beacon Hill Institute revenue forecasts assume there will be no additional major change in Massachusetts tax policy for the forecast period, which runs through June 2016...

Important but Surprisingly Low-Paying Jobs

As the national debate continues about raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10, lawmakers could also be discussing how to stimulate higher pay for important jobs such as mental health counselors, firefighters, EMTs and pre-K teachers, whose jobs save and transform lives...

Eliminating Estate and Inheritance Tax is a Serious Option for Reform

Repealing the estate tax in the United States would increase investment, add jobs and expand the economy...

Obamacare Premiums Up 23 Percent

Both the Obamacare subsidies and the Affordable Care Act's big increase in Medicaid spending are higher than necessary to get people covered...

China's Excess Metal Supply Leads to Calls for Tariffs in the United States and Europe

Steel producers around the globe are seeking government protection from falling prices...

Why Are the Budget Reforms Important?

U.S. public debt, which has the largest share of the debt, doubled since before the Great Recession...

Permanent Solution for the Highway Trust Fund

Members of Congress and the President are pursuing unsound tax policy as a temporary fix to the Highway Trust Fund...

Public Schools or Charter Schools: Who is Likely to See Students Transferring Out?

Students who do not perform well in school are more likely to leave and change schools multiple times...

The Cost of the Renewable Fuel Standard to Motorists

Congress has imposed a de facto fuel tax on American motorists by forcing them to consume fuel that is more expensive than gasoline on an energy-equivalent basis...

Social Security Disability Awards Reform Can Restore Dignity and Efficacy to the System

Over the past decade, judicial impartiality has declined significantly, as many administrative-law judges uncritically approve most Social Security Disability claims...


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