Taxes

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    Re: Those ‘zero-emissions’ electric cars, aren’t

    If, as Jon Sanders quotes in a recent post, “Larger electric vehicles can have higher lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions than smaller conventional vehicles,” maybe a carbon tax would be more neutral toward vehicle technology.
    Joseph Coletti, November 20, 2017
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    Reagan’s state and local tax deduction fight

    One of the most controversial aspects of federal tax reform has been the proposal to eliminate deductibility of state and local taxes. Some people may have a sense of de ja vu: “President Reagan’s tax reform proposal calls for the elimination of the deductibility of state and local taxes,” Daniel…
    Joseph Coletti, November 20, 2017
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    Barron’s assesses tax reform’s chances

    The latest Barron’s includes opposing views from the financial sector about the prospects for a tax reform package. [W]ill it pass Congress? On that question, views in the financial world diverge. David Kotok, chairman and chief investment officer of money manager Cumberland Advisors, is firmly in the “Yes”…
    Mitch Kokai, November 20, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on constitutional concerns that could force lawmakers to redraw state judicial election maps. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains why North Carolina offers a good example for federal policymakers approaching tax reform.
    Mitch Kokai, November 20, 2017
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    The need for certainty

    Kevin Williamson of National Review Online explains how temporary federal fixes can generate long-term negative consequences. The Trump administration, and Republicans in Congress, very much want to pass a tax cut right now. Some Democrats want to cut taxes, too, though usually different taxes for different taxpayers. So…
    Mitch Kokai, November 17, 2017
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    Cato study outlines one corporate tax credit that’s ripe for repeal

    Chris Edwards of the Cato Institute highlights the following information about his latest study. As Republicans pursue tax reform, Cato has released a study on one corporate tax break that is ripe for repeal. In “Low-Income Housing Tax Credit: Costly, Complex, and Corruption-Prone,” Vanessa Brown Calder and I…
    Mitch Kokai, November 16, 2017
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    Leef explores the GOP tax proposal’s potential impact on higher ed

    George Leef’s latest Martin Center column focuses on the Republican tax plan’s potential implications for colleges and universities. On November 2, House Republican leaders unveiled their tax reform plan. A number of its provisions affect higher education. While this is only a proposal, it’s worth looking into those provisions.
    Mitch Kokai, November 15, 2017
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    Billion dollar incentive packages

    Is it me, or do these incentive packages just keep getting bigger?  The Triad Business Journal is reporting today on a report that North Carolina and Alabama are the two finalists for a new Toyota-Mazda plant.  And then they talk about the possible sites, all of which have already…
    Julie Tisdale, November 15, 2017