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Leaving High-Tax Connecticut for Low-Tax Florida

Data from both the Census Bureau and Internal Revenue Service have long shown that Americans are, on net, moving from higher-tax states such as Connecticut to lower-tax states such as Florida.

Why Is U.S. Government Infrastructure So Costly?

Tracy Gordon of the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center writes interesting columns on taxes, fiscal federalism, and other economic issues. Before Congress and the administration enact another costly infrastructure bill, they should consider what Gordon wrote in a 2015 article.

Republican Tax Law: Across the Board Cuts

Americans are scrambling to file their 2018 federal income tax returns. The good news is that most folks should be left with more cash this year after Uncle Sam’s greedy grab than in past years.

Medicare: Ripe for Rip-Offs

The $768 billion Medicare program is in deep trouble as America ages and elderly health care soars in cost.

Did You Get a Tax Cut?

Federal tax returns for 2018 are due April 15 in most states. With your filing, you can see how your taxes changed after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of December 2017.

Federal Aid Failure #12

In my upcoming Cato study, “Restoring Responsible Government by Cutting Federal Aid to the States,” I discuss 18 reasons why federal aid to state and local governments should be zeroed out. Reason #12 regards how aid induces states to delay important projects such as infrastructure.

Housing Prices, Supply, and Innovation

Housing prices have soared in many U.S. and international cities, which has generated affordability problems for middle- and lower-income families.

Reporters Accept Illogical Gas Tax Narrative

Here is the framing of countless news articles on infrastructure: the streets have potholes; the federal gas tax has not been increased since 1993; experts are quite sure we need a federal hike; the states have increased their own gas taxes; only misguided fears of a public backlash stand in the way.

Perry the Profligate

Rick Perry is one of the more disappointing of Trump’s cabinet secretaries. He once fashioned himself a conservative budget-cutter, but since becoming head of the Department of Energy (DOE), he has focused on defending subsidies rather than cutting anything.

Pearl Harbor Profligacy

A damaging divide in democracy is between the profusive promises of politicians and the pathetic performances of bureaucracies.

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