Taxes

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    Warren’s scheme described as ‘financial Berlin Wall’

    Kevin Williamson of National Review Online turns to Cold War history to find an appropriate metaphor for Democratic presidential contender Elizabeth Warren’s latest scheme. The class-warfare dreams of the American Left do not have a great deal to do with their professed desire to build a Scandinavian-style welfare…
    Mitch Kokai, October 23, 2019
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    When Voter Turnout Goes Down, Taxes Go Up

    This week, JLF’s Joe Coletti published a research brief on municipal sales tax increases. Coletti explains that, in almost every election cycle, a North Carolina county has a quarter-cent sales tax increase on the ballot: Since 2007, 76 counties have gone to their voters 159 times to raise the local…
    Brenee Goforth, October 23, 2019
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    North Carolina slips to No. 15 in Tax Foundation’s latest Business Tax Climate ranking

    North Carolina continues to cut tax rates. But that hasn’t stopped the state from dropping three spots to No. 15 in the Tax Foundation’s 2020 State Business Tax Climate Index. Why the decline? Other states are doing even more to reduce tax burdens. The Tax Foundation explains: North Carolina’s…
    Mitch Kokai, October 22, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Brooke Conrad reports for Carolina Journal Online on the future of building on North Carolina’s barrier islands. The Daily Journal explains why the rule of law should dictate the outcome of a dispute over N.C. renewable energy tax credits.
    Mitch Kokai, October 22, 2019
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    US soda taxes do little outside Philadelphia

    John Cawley and David Frisvold have become the leading authorities on soda taxes. In their current working paper with David Jones, they compare results in Philadelphia, Oakland, San Francisco, and Seattle. Philadelphia’s tax “decreased purchases by 27.7 percent,” but the authors “do not find impacts of the taxes in the…
    Joseph Coletti, October 21, 2019
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    Warren’s tax dodge

    Jim Geraghty of National Review highlights Democratic presidential contender Elizabeth Warren’s obfuscation about the tax impacts of her policy proposals. If you want a Scandinavian-style welfare state, you’ll need a Scandinavian-style tax code to pay for it. Bernie Sanders is willing to admit as much. … … Elizabeth…
    Mitch Kokai, October 18, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Brooke Conrad reports for Carolina Journal Online on tax and bond measures voters will face in North Carolina in November. Becki Gray’s Daily Journal focuses on the need to fix North Carolina’s election redistricting process.
    Mitch Kokai, October 18, 2019
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    Forbes contends Democratic presidential candidates ‘don’t get it’

    Steve Forbes argues in the latest issue of Forbes magazine that leading Democratic presidential candidates fail to understand wealth. The publication of our “rich list” will fan the fevers of plundering politicians, especially those “soak the rich” Democratic presidential candidates looking for seemingly easy sources of loot to…
    Mitch Kokai, October 17, 2019