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Going Off the Rails in Texas

America’s first high-speed rail project could happen in Texas, where Houston and Dallas would be connected along a 240-mile stretch of railroad.  However, what Texas Central Partners (TCP) and other high speed rail advocates are calling the Texas...

May 19, 2017
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Maryland's Boondoggle Inn

In July 2016, Frederick County (Maryland) Executive Jan Gardner introduced a bill that would increase the county’s hotel tax from 3 percent to 5 percent.  Despite denials from Gardner, State Senator Ron Young (D-District 3), State Delegate Karen...

April 18, 2017
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To Kill or Not to Kill Quill

In 1992, the Supreme Court ruled in Quill v. North Dakota that if a company did not have a “physical nexus” within the state, that state could not require the company to collect sales taxes from its customers.  However, residents of states with...

March 28, 2017
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Smoke and Mirrors: Teenage E-Cigarette Use Down

There is a lot of misinformation regarding e-cigarettes.  If you’re the parent of a teen, you have probably seen the sensational headlines about “studies” concluding that teens are vaping at “record highs” because it’s now what the “cool kids” are...

March 9, 2017
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California's "Netflix Tax"

Cities in the Golden State are exploring what they might call a “golden opportunity” to compensate for the loss of tax revenue from declining cable-television subscriptions as more Americans choose video streaming services like Netflix and Hulu.

December 20, 2016
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Tobacco Harm-Reduction: Big League Healthcare Savings

In the twenty-first century, remarkable technology innovations have improved nearly every aspect of everyone's lives. Smart TVs and smartphones are the most well-known examples; however, these innovations even extend to smoking.

November 16, 2016
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Land of the Free and Home of the Subsidies

Renewable energy politics has become a powerful force at both the federal and state level.  Wind and solar advocates argue that renewable energy generates power without the expense of burning fossil fuels. While this may sound appealing, the reality...

October 20, 2016
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Taxes on Ashes: California’s Proposition 56

As the legislative session comes to an end in California, the government’s addiction to regressive tax policies has not.  A well-organized campaign, composed of billionaires, medical groups, and trade associations, has collected enough signatures to...

September 14, 2016
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Maryland’s Proposed Purple Line Update

On August 3, 2016, Judge Richard Leon of the U.S.

August 30, 2016
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Cloudy with a Chance of Subsidies

As tax rebates and incentive payments to businesses continue to deplete revenue intended for Oklahoma’s General Revenue Fund (GRF), which has fallen more than 13 percent below estimates, legislators must come up with a remedy. Otherwise, the $1.3...

July 14, 2016
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Second Hand Smoke

The California Assembly proposed Senate Bill 1400, introduced by Sen.

July 6, 2016
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The Needy, Greedy City

Mayor Jim Kenney was elected last year with a promise to bring universal prekindergarten to Philadelphia. With no way to pay for it, the Mayor needed a solution. So now, the City of Brotherly Love has implemented the soda tax.

June 21, 2016


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