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Poison Pill in Senate Budget Sets Up Tax Hike Showdown

by Nan Swift / /

An 11th hour amendment to S. Con. Res. 11, the Senate Budget Resolution, could open the door to tax hikes to pay for increased spending, far above the Budget Control Act (BCA) caps.
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Taxpayer's Tab: Who Pays Income Taxes?

by Demian Brady, Michael Tasselmyer, Timothy Howland / /

From the President, Members of the House and Senate, and other advocates for bigger government, there's been a lot of flap about the fairness of our tax system, that the so-called "rich" are not paying their "fair share" in taxes. However, a look at the a
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Senators Lee and Rubio Unveil New Tax Reform Plan

by Michael Tasselmyer / /

Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Mike Lee (R-UT) have unveiled a new tax reform plan aimed at simplifying the current system.
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Fast Tracked Gas Tax Increase Slows Iowa Taxpayers at the Pumps

by Timothy Howland / /

A swift blow was dealt to taxpayers in Iowa yesterday as Governor Branstad signed a bill in to law to hike gas and diesel taxes by 10 cents a gallon. The increase resulting from Senate File 257 equates to a more than 45% boost in a single year, making Io
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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 th
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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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OECD Pushes Redistribution In New Report

by Michael Tasselmyer / /

In December, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) published a report entitled Trends in Income Inequality and its Impact on Economic Growth, which postulates that redistributive tax policies are necessary to ensure long-term ec
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Is Your State's Tax System "Fair"?

by Michael Tasselmyer / /

A new study from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy ranks each state's tax system according to how "fair" it is -- but what does that mean, and how is it measured?
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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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Taxpayer's Tab: A $68 Billion Hit to Your Wallet

by Dan Barrett / /

Yesterday, National Taxpayers Union Foundation (NTUF) released a new study that calculated the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's (OECD's) recent recommendations for U.S. policymakers would cost American taxpayers over $68 billion
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