Category Archives: Taxes

Businessweek makes big-government backers’ case for targeting corporate tax havens

If you read Bloomberg Businessweek‘s recent reporting on state efforts to target corporate tax havens, you might want to balance that presentation with some alternative viewpoints … including those of the Cato Institute and the John Locke Foundation’s primary fiscal policy analyst. Being aware of what other states are doing will help North Carolina beContinue Reading

Barron’s editorial page editor contrasts progress with progressivity

As the subheadline of Thomas Donlan‘s latest Barron’s editorial commentary explains, “Growing inequality is not as dangerous as doing something about it.” On the day that Americans faced a deadline for filing their tax returns, a French economist came to Washington, preaching against the growing global inequality of wealth and income. He suggested that, toContinue Reading

Remember that it’s not whether the ‘rich’ should pay more taxes, but how much more

Paired with one of the more odious members of Raleigh’s left-wing establishment for a presentation to college students a year or two ago, your correspondent had to stifle a grimace when his interlocutor spouted the following: “The wealthy get tax breaks while the poor and middle class are left to pay the bills.” There isContinue Reading

Never met a tax hike he didn’t like?

In contrast to Tuesday’s discussion in Raleigh about the benefits of tax rate cuts for North Carolina families and businesses, we feature in this entry an assessment from Americans for Tax Reform about the Obama administration’s record on taxes. Since taking office in 2009, President Barack Obama has formally proposed a total of 442 taxContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Barry Smith reports for Carolina Journal Online on Gov. Pat McCrory’s use of Tax Day to help tout benefits of North Carolina’s recent tax reform package. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains why state legislative leaders are right when they defend North Carolina’s new opportunity scholarship program against legal challenges.

McCrory joins JLF, lawmakers, national business and legislative groups for Tax Day news conference

Tax Day marked the occasion for a news conference touting the long-term benefits of North Carolina’s 2013 state tax reform package. Gov. Pat McCrory joined Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Brunswick; Rep. David Lewis, R-Harnett; John Hood, president of the John Locke Foundation; Jonathan Williams, director of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Tax and Fiscal Policy TaskContinue Reading

Academic research backs fiscal conservatives’ approach to boosting economic growth

Scouring 681 peer-reviewed academic journal articles published since 1990, John Hood reaches a clear conclusion: The research supports fiscal conservatives’ preferred state and local policies for boosting economic growth. Hood offers details in a new report. You’ll learn details here and by watching the video clip below. Hood will also discuss his research, especially theContinue Reading

Want single-payer health care? Look at Vermont first

Megan McArdle examines in a Bloomberg View column Vermont’s ambitious response to the federal Affordable Care Act. Of the plans that states have hatched for the Affordable Care Act, none has been bolder than that of Vermont, which wants to implement a single-payer health-care system, along the lines of what you might find in BritainContinue Reading