Daily Policy Digest

Tax and Spending Issues

How to Increase Investment

Allowing full expensing for all investments would increase capital stock by 16 percent and raise GDP by more than 5 percent...

Only One Job Lost in Sequester

Despite claims from government officials and commentators that the sequester would wreak havoc on the American economy, the cuts resulted in the loss of just one federal job...

Who Will Pay for Highway Funding?

A total of 1,001,874 miles of roads in the United States receive federal funding. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the highway trust fund is on track to drop to $2 billion by September 30, and its mass-transit account will drop to just $1 billion...

Map of State Tax Collections

New York collected $2,289 per person in individual state and local income tax collections in 2011...

States Pass "Amazon Taxes"

Rather than boost brick-and-mortar sales, Amazon sales tax collections have pushed shoppers to purchase from other online retailers that are not subject to the tax collection requirements...

State Unemployment Trust Funds in Trouble

Prior to the recession, the states together had less than $40 billion in their unemployment trust funds, the lowest level since World War II; in the early 2000s, the state funds had more than $50 billion...

Which State Taxes Provide the Best Return on Investment?

Wyoming taxpayers ranked at the top of the list for their return on their tax investment...

Making Bonus Expensing Permanent

Low-income Americans would benefit most from bonus expensing, as it would increase the after-tax income of those earning less than $40,000 by more than 1 percent...

Flat Income Taxes Don’t Endanger Public Finances or Create Inequality

States with progressive income taxes have higher inequality than those with other tax schemes...

Who Pays The Corporate Income Tax?

Almost 60 percent of the corporate tax burden falls on workers...


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