Category Archives: Taxes

Costs associated with taxes

David Allen at the Heritage Foundation examines for the Daily Signal the costs associated with taxes. In addition to the direct burden imposed by the taxes themselves, Americans face compliance costs, as well as costs in the form of revenue loss during the IRS’ tax collection process. Pete Sepp, president of the National Taxpayers Union;Continue Reading

GAO: State and local government budgets in trouble

According to a new U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, state and local governments are going to have a tough time making ends meet.  GAO researchers wrote, One way of measuring the long-term fiscal challenges faced by the state and local government sector is through a measure known as the “fiscal gap.” The fiscal gapContinue Reading

Prospects for ‘dynamic scoring’ of congressional proposals

Joseph Lawler of the Washington Examiner reports on some interesting comments from the head of the Congressional Budget Office. Congress’ official budget scorekeeper said Monday that it was up to members of Congress, not him, to decide whether to make “dynamic scoring” the norm for budget estimates. Douglas Elmendorf, the director of the Congressional BudgetContinue Reading

Opening up corrupt, fraud-ridden programs to more abuse

Byron York explains in a column posted at Human Events why the president’s recent executive action on immigration opens the door for more abuse of programs that already face plenty of problems. President Obama’s unilateral executive action on immigration will make hundreds of thousands, perhaps more than a million, illegal immigrants eligible for federal transferContinue Reading

Where’s the paperwork for Obamacare’s individual mandate?

Sarah Hurtubise of the Daily Caller documents a disturbing delay related to a key piece of the Affordable Care Act. Americans have to be prepared for an increased individual mandate tax to hit in just two weeks, but the White House still hasn’t gotten around to approving the Internal Revenue Service paperwork on the requirement.Continue Reading

CEI chief warns of Grinch lurking in Capitol corridors

Lawson Bader of the Competitive Enterprise Institute sees evidence of a real-life Grinch at work as 2014 draws to a close. Bader explains in a column posted at Human Events. [T]he truth is that during these dark days of December, the Grinch shows up not in Whoville, but at a lame duck session of Congress,Continue Reading

Scrutinizing the crazy federal tax code

Jim McTague‘s latest “D.C. Current” column in Barron’s highlights a U.S. senator’s recent work to expose problems with the federal tax code. Is there a publisher in the house? Retiring Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn and his staff have produced a delicious, 312-page tome on the considerable shortcomings of our federal tax system titled Tax Decoder.Continue Reading

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

North Carolina officials have raised concerns about conflicts between a revised Advanced Placement U.S. history class and the state’s Founding Principles Act. Terry Stoops dissects the debate during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Rick Henderson details a Carolina Journal investigation into a failed stimulus-funded project in Western North Carolina, while Gary Harris ofContinue Reading