Chris Edwards

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.

Thank Goodness for Thomas Jefferson and 1800

Not long after the limited-government U.S. Constitution was ratified and the new government resumed operation, numerous political leaders began pushing to expand federal power.

Are the Carolinas Ready for Hurricane Florence?

As Hurricane Florence spins toward the Carolina coast, the nation’s attention will be on the disaster readiness and response of governments and the affected communities.

Regulatory Power Leads to Corruption

A Maryland story in the Washington Post last week presents a classic case of local political corruption.

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