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December 12, 2017
By Lindsey Stroud
Since February 2017, the federal deficit has grown by more than $500 billion, to over $20 trillion. The average debt owed per person is now estimated to be greater than $62,000.
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Government Spending
December 4, 2017
By Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., Jesse Hathaway, Clifford Thies, Robert Genetski, Howard L. Simons, Bette Grande, Charles W. Baird, Gary Wolfram, Barry P. Keating, Russ McCullough
"Just in time for Christmas, the U.S. Senate’s approval of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is one of the best gifts taxpayers will find under their tree this year – or even during their lifetimes." - Jesse Hathaway
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Taxes
Government Spending
December 4, 2017
By Michael Carroll
As the first anniversary of Philadelphia’s excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages draws near, business leaders are criticizing the surcharge.
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Taxes
Government Spending
Health Care
December 3, 2017
By Lindsey Curnutte
After a proposed bill that would have canceled the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program stalled during the state Legislature’s 2017 special session, state Rep. Kevin Calvey (R-Oklahoma City) says he will try again in 2018.
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Economy
Government Spending
Taxes
November 30, 2017
By Lindsey Curnutte
Nashville, Tennessee residents may pay for a new, privately owned soccer stadium after the city’s Metropolitan Council approved a big subsidy for a facility expected to cost $275 million.
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Taxes
Government Spending
Economy
November 28, 2017
By Hayley Sledge
The Wisconsin State Legislature approved a joint resolution calling on Congress to convene a convention to draft a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced federal budget.
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Constitutional Reform
Government Spending
November 22, 2017
By Daniel Sutter
This is the time to give thanks, and I hope that your family has much to be thankful for this year.  Thanksgiving offers a time to reflect on the prosperity we enjoy. 
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Government Spending
November 16, 2017
By Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., Peter Ferrara, Jesse Hathaway, Robert Genetski, Gary Wolfram, Roy Cordato, Scott H. Richardson
"Today, the House finally did what it promised to do, and the result will be a growing economy, higher wages, and a simpler tax code" - Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D.
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Taxes
Government Spending
Government & Politics
Economy
November 16, 2017
By Joshua Paladino
The U.S. House of Representatives approved a resolution affirming the U.S. Senate’s budget resolution setting federal government spending recommendations for Fiscal Year 2018, allowing Congress to use a legislative procedure known as reconciliation.
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Government Spending
Taxes
November 16, 2017
By Matthew Glans
In this Research & Commentary, Matthew Glans examines an alternative approach to traditional state worker pension programs, cash balance plans.
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Government Spending
November 16, 2017
By Matthew Glans
In this Research & Commentary, Matthew Glans examines how many states hide their true pension liabilities through their accounting practices and how states can make their reporting more accurate.
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Government Spending
November 7, 2017
By Savannah Edgens
An organization claiming to represent more than 10,000 current and former Kentucky government employees protested against Gov. Matt Bevin’s pension reform plan on November 1.
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Government Spending
November 2, 2017
By Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., S.T. Karnick, Jesse Hathaway, John Nothdurft, Robert Genetski, Christopher Garbacz, Clifford Thies, Charles W. Baird, Gary Wolfram, Joe Cobb, Russ McCullough
"Time is running out for Congress in 2017, and Americans can’t afford to wait another day for relief from government’s ever-expanding intrusion on our lives and wallets" - Jesse Hathaway
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Taxes
Economy
Government Spending
October 31, 2017
By Savannah Edgens
A coalition of political advocacy organizations in Utah is trying to place a ballot question before voters in 2018, asking them to approve expanding Medicaid eligibility in the state.
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Government Spending
Health Care
Entitlements
October 20, 2017
By Brandi Wielgopolski
After an earlier ballot campaign to repeal a big gas-tax hike in California stalled, another group of taxpayers is about to begin collecting signatures for a similar ballot question.
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Taxes
Government Spending
October 20, 2017
By Emma Restuccia
The Rhode Island Legislature heard arguments for and against giving $38 million in state taxpayer money to the owners of the Pawtucket Red Sex (PawSox), a local minor-league baseball team seeking subsidies to finance a new stadium’s construction.
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Taxes
Economy
Government Spending
October 19, 2017
By Andrea Dillon
Fayetteville, North Carolina and Cumberland County elected officials are finalizing negotiations over sharing the cost of a stadium subsidy for a new minor-league baseball stadium in the city.
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Government Spending
October 18, 2017
By Jesse Hathaway
"Sports stadium subsidies primarily help team owners, not the public." - Jesse Hathaway
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Government Spending
October 13, 2017
By Edmund Contoski
Global debt levels reached an astronomical $217 trillion in the first quarter of 2017.
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Government Spending
October 2, 2017
By Jeff Reynolds
After a round of meetings, President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans released a plan detailing their shared goals for federal tax reform, including a new tax on American companies’ overseas profits.
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Taxes
Government Spending
 

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