Chris Edwards

Walworth County Goes Debt-Free

Government borrowing enriches financial firms, encourages corruption, and magnifies the ultimate tax burden that citizens will bear for the related spending.

Why Federal Debt Is Damaging

The U.S. Treasury reports that the federal budget deficit was $779 billion in fiscal 2018.

Ethanol Politics Trump Common Sense

President Trump recently announced a plan that would further the harms created by the “renewable fuel standard.”

Wealthy Taxpayers Are Fleeing These States in Droves

High-tax states are losing their most productive residents. If those states want to prosper in today’s competitive economy, they need to deliver more efficient services at lower costs and cut their high tax rates.

Badger Book on Federal Grants

Wisconsin’s Badger Institute has a new book—Federal Grant Standing—that examines the $750 billion system of federal grants to state and local governments.

HUD’s Inexperienced Bureaucrats

The Washington Post slammed Ben Carson’s Department of Housing and Urban Development today. The paper found that “loyalty eclipses expertise” in the upper ranks of the agency given that 24 of HUD’s 70 political appointees have little housing experience.

Cost and Abuse Problems in Low-Income Housing

A new Government Accountability Office report on the Low Income Housing Tax Credit echoes some of the concerns about the programs vulnerability to abuse that Vanessa Brown Calder and I suggested in a 2017 Cato report.

Affordable Housing: Hard Way and Easy Way

A new GAO study examines the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, which is a complex government program aimed at increasing the supply of affordable housing.

Highways and Gas Tax Diversions

The federal government imposes a gasoline tax of 18.4 cents per gallon. Lobby groups are pressing for an increase and President Trump has suggested that he may support one.

Government Crowd Out in Transportation

The existence of government infrastructure deters or “crowds out” private investment.

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