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Puerto Rico’s VAT: A Path Forward?

by Dan Barrett / /

The reasons for why Puerto Rico got into its debt mess are many but all is not lost yet. One proposal by local politicians may be able to right the sinking ship, thereby saving residents and all U.S. taxpayers some serious headache. However, what would this new plan do and how would it affect taxpayers?


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Puerto Rican Debt Primer: Causes and Solutions

by Dan Barrett / /

Because of over-spending and relying on a possible federal bailout, Puerto Rico is saddled with over $70 billion and recently was denied restructuring rights under Chapter 9 bankruptcy rules. Bondholders, who expect to receive returns on their investments
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Vermont Abandons Single-Payer Healthcare Plan

by Michael Tasselmyer / /

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin announced on Wednesday that his state will not pursue a single-payer healthcare plan amidst higher-than-expected costs. The plan would have called for a payroll tax of nearly 12 percent as well as higher personal income taxe
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Which Governors Made the Honor Roll?

by Lee Schalk / /

The Cato Institute just released their annual fiscal report card for America's governors.
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Public Pension Funds Pay Wall Street Millions

by Michael Tasselmyer / /

To make up shortfalls, public pension funds are relying more on so-called "alternative" investments, which can yield higher returns but are riskier and cost more to manage.
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Big Government Tries Again to Tax Soda Like a Sin

by Melodie Bowler / /

Once again, soda taxes have reached the November ballot in two California cities, Berkeley and San Francisco. Berkeley's city leaders have chosen to place a 1-cent-per-ounce tax on the ballot; San Francisco's measure attempts to levy a 2-cents-per-ounce t
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Linda Remeschatis, Owner of WisconsinMade - Speaking of Taxpayers, August 14

by Douglas Kellogg / /

Pete & Doug have a great discussion on the potential havoc of an Internet tax scheme like Marketplace Fairness Act with small business owner Linda Remeschatis of WisconsinMade. A final pair of interns stop by to lend insight into NTUF's work - plus, t
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Indiana Can Challenge Obamacare Tax Credit Rule; Canadians Suing Over FATCA Law

by Jihun Han / /

A U.S. district judge ruled that Indiana can challenge an Obamacare tax credit rule. Indiana claims that enrolling for Obamacare through the federal exchange and gets tax credits is illegal.
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