Taxes

New Jersey Faces Plethora of Tax Increases

In the spring of 2018, New Jersey’s new governor and leaders in the legislature were arguing about which state taxes to raise.  Governor Phil Murphy had pledged to soak the wealthy with a state individual income tax of 10.75 percent on all income more than $1 million, but powerful State Senate President Steve Sweeney preferred a tax increase on corporate income.

Citizens Against Government Waste Disagrees with SCOTUS Decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) expressed disappointment after the Supreme Court’s decision allowing states to force private companies to collect online sales taxes.

Feds Need to Protect Taxpayer Information Better

Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the risk online activities pose to privacy and data security following the Equifax data breach and Cambridge Analytica’s use of social media sites to collect information about potential voters.  It is understandable that consumers are concerned about how private companies protect their information; what should be of greater concern is whether the federal governmen

New Jersey Politicians Argue About Which Taxes To Raise

There is a lesson to be learned from the dispute between political insiders in New Jersey that has unfolded over the last couple of months regarding raising taxes. 

CBO Projects Strong Economic Growth in 2018 and 2019; Trillion Dollar Deficits By 2020

Today, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its annual Budget and Economic Outlook for 2018 to 2028.  In order to include several important pieces of budget and spending legislation that passed recently, particularly the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the Bipartisan Budget Act, and the Omnibus Appropriations package, CBO pushed its usual January release date to April.

Online Sales Tax Debate to See Day in Court

During the first week of April, 2018, a number of organizations filed amicus briefs with the Supreme Court with respect to the case of South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., Overstock.com, Inc., and NewEgg, Inc.  The petitioner in the case seeks to overturn the physical nexus requirement specified by the Supreme Court in 1992, when it ruled on Quill Corp. v. North Dakota.

Council for Citizens Against Government Waste Releases 2017 Congressional Ratings

(Washington, D.C.) – The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) today released its 2017 Congressional Ratings, highlighting the voting records of all 535 voting members of Congress during the first session of the 115th Congress.  The report, which CCAGW has issued since 1989, identifies members whose voting records helped protect taxpayer dollars, as well as those who consistently voted against their interests.

CAGW Names Sen. Elizabeth Warren March 2018 Porker of the Month

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) named Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) its March 2018 Porker of the Month for spreading false prophesies about the wildly successful tax reform law.

Seattle Soda Tax Not Doing Too Well

While the rest of us were popping champagne to celebrate the arrival of 2018, Seattle greeted the New Year with a 1.75 cent per ounce tax on sweetened beverages.  It was needed, former Mayor Ed Murray once said, for a host of noble reasons: to reduce sugar consumption; to raise revenue for important projects like a year of “free” community college for all graduating public high school students; and, to subsidize purchases of healthy foods by low-income f

Council for Citizens Against Government Waste Cheers Final Passage of Tax Reform

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) President Tom Schatz released the following statement applauding the House and Senate for passing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which will be signed into law by President Donald Trump.

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CAGW Names Rep. Mike Conaway July 2018 Porker of the Month

Rep. Conaway is CAGW's Porker of the Month for his expensive and wasteful farm bill.