Chris Edwards

Long History of Corruption in Congress

You can learn about how the federal government works from Washington Post obituaries.

More Bad News from Alabama

A Trump friend wants a subsidy from the Department of Energy (DOE) to complete a nuclear power plant in Alabama, reports The Daily Caller.

New Study on Tax Reform and Low-Income Housing

As Republicans assemble their tax reform legislation, Cato has released a study on one corporate tax break that is ripe for repeal.

Tax Reform and Affordable Housing Subsidies

A main goal of the House Republican tax plan is to reduce marginal tax rates, which are the rates that affect economic decisionmaking.

Farm Subsidy Report Reveals Reverse Redistribution

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released new data reaffirming the scandal that is federal farm policy. The government pumps out billions of dollars a year in subsidies to farm businesses, and the giveaways mainly benefit the richest farmers.

The EWG found that, “Between 1995 and 2016, the top 10 percent received 77 percent of all ‘covered commodity’ subsidies … The top 1 percent received 26 percent of all subsidies, or $1.7 million per recipient.”

Trump Hits Motorists with Ethanol Costs

The Trump administration acquiesced to the ethanol lobby in a recent decision on the costly Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), says the Wall Street Journal.

Corporate Tax Cuts and Tax Revenues

The Republican tax reform framework envisions cutting the federal corporate tax rate from 35 to 20 percent.

Veterans Health Failure

This study explored why there is so much failure and mismanagement in the federal government. Federal agencies lack incentives for efficiency and quality, and the environment in some workplaces seems to breed unethical behavior.

Tax Reform Goals

The Trump administration and congressional Republicans are refining their tax reform plan and ramping up their marketing efforts. It is a good plan so far, but comments by some GOP leaders suggest that reforms may veer off-course as more details emerge.

To keep policymakers focused on true reform, the table below summarizes five tax reform goals and the policy changes needed to achieve each.

Federal Pay Tops Most Industries

Federal worker compensation is rising faster than compensation in the private sector.

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