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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
September 20, 2017
By Matthew Glans
States can implement real health care solutions today.
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Health Care
Government Spending
September 12, 2017
By Lindsey Schulenburg
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has gone on the road to answer voters’ questions about proposed state Medicaid reforms.
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Health Care
Entitlements
Government Spending
September 11, 2017
By Joshua Paladino
As the deadline for funding the federal government approaches, the House Budget Committee has approved House Concurrent Resolution 71, the proposed budget for the next Fiscal Year, placing it on the calendar for consideration by the full House.
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Government Spending
September 11, 2017
By Brandi Wielgopolski
On November 7, Fort Collins, Colorado voters will consider a ballot question on whether to authorize the government to build a taxpayer-funded internet service.
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InfoTech & Telecom
Government Spending
September 8, 2017
By Kimberly Morin
Georgia state government officials have submitted a plan to the federal government for permission to phase in work requirements for more of the state’s food stamp recipients.
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Economy
Entitlements
Employment
Government Spending
September 8, 2017
By Michael McGrady
The National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities (NFA-H) sends millions of taxpayer dollars every year to organizations that already have billions of dollars in assets, a new study reports.
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Government Spending
September 8, 2017
By S.M. Chavey
Arizona’s legislature will host a national planning session, authorizing rules and procedures for an upcoming future national amendment convention.
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Constitutional Reform
Government Spending
August 31, 2017
By Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., Peter Ferrara, Matthew Glans, Jesse Hathaway, Clifford Thies, John A. Tatom, Scott H. Richardson, Gary Wolfram
"The work requirements as originally enacted into law benefitted everybody: the poor and taxpayers." - Peter Ferrara
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Government Spending
Taxes
Economy
August 30, 2017
By Lindsey Curnutte
Before the Prince William County (Virginia) Board of County Supervisors lawmakers planned to vote on a financing deal between Potomac Nationals minor-league baseball team owner Art Silber and the county, the deal was called off.
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Economy
Government Spending
August 30, 2017
By Daniel Sutter
During the city of Detroit’s bankruptcy, the state-appointed administrator sought to cut pension payments for thousands of retired city workers in violation of Michigan’s state constitution. 
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Government Spending
Economy
August 29, 2017
By Jesse Hathaway, Justin Haskins
" If Cavs owner Dan Gilbert wants to renovate Quicken Loans Arena, he should use a small portion of his massive fortune to do it himself." - Justin Haskins
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Economy
Government Spending
Taxes
August 25, 2017
By Matthew Glans
In this Research & Commentary, Matthew Glans examines pension reform in Kentucky and how the state can build on previous reforms.
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Government Spending
August 23, 2017
By Matthew Glans
In this Research & Commentary, Matthew Glans examines state pension reform and the effects of changing cost of living adjustments.
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Government Spending
August 23, 2017
By John Merrifield, Barry Poulson
In the coming weeks, Congress will again debate increasing the debt limit. 
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Government Spending
Taxes
August 21, 2017
By Richard Ebeling
Several major central banks around the world, including the Federal Reserve in the United States, have set a goal of two percent price inflation. The problem is, what central bankers are targeting is a phantom that does not exist.
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Economy
Government Spending
August 15, 2017
By Richard Ebeling
What we now know to have been one of the worst economic and financial crises of the post-World War II period began about ten years ago in 2007.
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Government Spending
Economy
August 12, 2017
By Jesse Hathaway
Summer driving season is soon to kick into high gear, and many Americans are starting to think about that upcoming family road trip to the beach.
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Economy
Taxes
Government Spending
August 5, 2017
By Hayley Sledge
The International Monetary Fund (IMF), an organization promoting global financial cooperation, predicts U.S. economic growth will be sluggish for the rest of 2017 and 2018, a forecast echoed by an official U.S. government forecast.
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Economy
Government Spending
August 3, 2017
By Michael McGrady
Kansans’ wallets are lighter than usual today, with the legislature having raised the state’s income tax rates across the board in July, reversing several years of tax relief led by Gov. Sam Brownback between 2012 and 2017.
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Taxes
Government Spending
August 3, 2017
By Andy Singer
Illinois tax burdens got heavier in July when the state legislature overrode Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of Senate Bill 6 to enact the state’s first full appropriations legislation in more than two years.
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Taxes
Government Spending
 

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