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Study Finds Highest Ever Average Wireless Taxes

by Clark Packard / /

Earlier this week, Joe Henchman of the Tax Foundation and Scott Mackey of KSE Focus LLP released a study of the tax burdens faced by wireless consumers in 2015. At close to 18 percent, the national average for wireless taxes and fees are at their highest
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Tax Foundation Issues 2016 State Business Tax Climate Index

by Clark Packard / /

Today our friends at the Tax Foundation issued their annual study on state business tax policy. For those interested in state tax policy and competitive federalism, the 2016 State Business Tax Climate Index is an indispensible resource. State lawmakers wo
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Donald Trump Wrong on Trade

by Clark Packard / /

Freer trade is one of the great pillars of economic prosperity around the globe. By and large, support for free trade has been Republican Party orthodoxy since World War II. Regrettably, this important subject wasn't mentioned during last Wednesday's Repu
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NTU Responds to Small Quarterly Loss at Freddie Mac

by Clark Packard / /

Since 2012, the Treasury has been sweeping the quarterly profits of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. This has left the two Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) with little operating capital to cushion against potential losses related to their mortgage portf
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Recapping Louisiana Ballot Measures

by Clark Packard / /

While most state voters go to the voting booth in early November, Louisiana residents decided four consequential ballot measures last Saturday. The results were a mixed bag for taxpayers. On the positive side of the ledger, Amendment 3 failed by 54.3% to
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NTU Strongly Urges Opposition to the Massive Tax Hikes in Mayor Emanuel’s Budget

by Clark Packard / /

On behalf of National Taxpayers Union's (NTU) members, I strongly urge you to oppose the massive tax hikes contained in Mayor Emanuel's budget. The Mayor's plan is rife with bad fiscal policies designed to paper over years of overspending. While there are
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State Policy Network Annual Meeting Recap

by Clark Packard / /

Last week, several NTU staff members attended the State Policy Network's (SPN) Annual Meeting in Grand Rapids, Michigan. With approximately 1,000 attendees – ranging from activists to politicians to scholars from various think tanks across the count
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Government Grants Continue to be Misused Without an End in Sight

by Clark Packard / /

In a recent article in The Hill, Dr. Edward Peter Stringham, a professor at Trinity College, makes the case that government grants are being used to peddle certain pre-ordained politically-favored causes. Dr. Stringham uses recent studies on the alleged n
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NTU Urges Pennsylvania General Assembly to Reject Governor Wolf’s Budget Proposals

by Clark Packard / /

On behalf of National Taxpayers Union's (NTU) members in Pennsylvania, I urge you to reject Governor Wolf's tax and spend plan to resolve the budget standoff. The budget you presented to the Governor in June was an imperfect yet responsible plan to fund
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Chicago Over-Taxing Amazon, Netflix, Spotify, Hulu, Xbox Live and Other Online and Streaming Services? Not So Fast!

by Clark Packard / /

In June, the city of Chicago's Finance Department issued an administrative ruling that applied the city's 9 percent "Amusement Tax" to streaming video (Netflix, e.g.), gaming (Xbox Live, e.g.), and audio (Spotify, e.g.). The tax applies to anyone subscrib
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