Mitch Kokai

Senior Political Analyst

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  • Barone wants to stop the bickering and squabbling

    Michael Barone has a bone to pick with fellow political pundits. He explains in his latest Washington Examiner column: Let’s ban the verbs “bicker” and “squabble,” not for a month but forever. You’ve seen those verbs often if you’ve been reading about…
    Mitch Kokai, April 13, 2011
  • Troy finds unwanted humor in Obama’s Accountable Care Organizations

    What’s an “accountable care organization”? If you read Tevi Troy’s latest column, you might be sorry you asked: ACOs are groupings of health-care providers who join together under specific rules in order to create shared savings. The idea is to bundle a single payment…
    Mitch Kokai, April 13, 2011
  • Tax Foundation expert targets aggressive state tax practices

    A day after commemorating Tax Freedom Day, the Tax Foundation’s Joseph Henchman heads to Capitol Hill this afternoon to testify in connection with a bill targeting “aggressive” state tax practices. Here are some highlights from Henchman’s upcoming testimony on the Business Activity Tax Simplification Act: About half the states now assert "economic nexus" in corporate taxation, claiming the power to tax corporations with no property or employees in the state. Six states have adopted aggressive sales tax stands, including Arkansas earlier this month. These trends result from states' incentive to shift tax burdens from physically present individuals and businesses to those who are beyond their borders. Recent examples have included door-to-door salesmen, credit card companies, franchised fast food operations, cell phone providers, online travel companies, car rental companies, and affiliate- and franchise-based operations. Businesses must consequently deal with: Complex tax statutes Uncertainty about what activities create tax obligations in different states Lack of uniformity between different states in tax rules and formulas Generally, wasting significant time, wealth, and brainpower navigating tax compliance rather than doing more productive things.
    Mitch Kokai, April 13, 2011
  • In case you missed it …

    WTVD asked the John Locke Foundation for its initial reaction to new budget numbers released from the Republican-led N.C. General Assembly.
    Mitch Kokai, April 13, 2011
  • New Carolina Journal Online features

    David Bass’ latest Carolina Journal Online report focuses on a bill that would remove redistricting power from state lawmakers and create an independent commission for that process. John Hood’s Daily Journal makes a case for redistricting reform.
    Mitch Kokai, April 13, 2011
  • Hood, Fitzsimon agree on redistricting reform — next, cats and dogs will live in peace

    A bipartisan group is sponsoring legislation to create a nonpartisan legislative redistricting process for North Carolina, an idea the John Locke Foundation has endorsed. Supporters discussed House Bill 824 during a morning news conference at the Legislative Building. It’s based largely on the redistricting process now in use…
    Mitch Kokai, April 12, 2011
  • Borders highlights Friedman’s arguments on freedom and coercion

    In his latest Ideas Matter update, Max Borders highlights a video clip in which the late economist Milton Friedman picks apart a student’s faulty argument: Milton Friedman really does carefully unravel the young man’s argument — the last part of which gets to the tension between…
    Mitch Kokai, April 12, 2011
  • Cato expert tackles bill that would help IRS ‘run amok’

    Dan Mitchell of the Cato Institute uses his latest video to expose “a reckless IRS proposal to force American banks to put foreign tax law above American tax law – even though it will cause capital to flee the American economy.” Mitchell also offers some analysis of…
    Mitch Kokai, April 12, 2011