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Taxpayers' Independence Day

The American people received an early Independence Day present on July 1 when President Trump signed into law H.R. 3151, the Taxpayer First Act of 2019.

Thomas Schatz July 2, 2019
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California's Budget Projects a $22 Billion Surplus, Yet Wants Billions More in New Taxes

After 32 consecutive victories on the TV game show “Jeopardy,” James Holzhauer, a professional sports gambler from Las Vegas, Nevada, saw his incredible winning streak come to an end.  Finishing with $2,462,216 in total prize money, James

Peter Klensch June 20, 2019
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The Golden “Nanny” State Wants $6.2 Billion in New Taxes

California state legislators have a solution to fulfill Gov. Gavin Newsom’s bloated $209 billion budget: tax anything and everything under the sun.

Peter Klensch April 11, 2019
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19 Things States Should Not Do In 2019

Governors and legislators new and old taking office this month will be inundated with advice from all directions.  Each special interest and left-wing or right-wing single-issue activist group will have scheduled meetings between its highest-paid...

Spencer Chretien January 31, 2019
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How Tax Reform 2.0 Could Impact Savings

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), the tax bill passed in Congress last year, represents the most substantial change to the nation’s tax code in a generation. This change has greatly benefited the U.S.

Allen Johnson October 26, 2018
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Initiative 185 Would Raise Taxes on All Montanans

Montanans will decide the fate of Initiative 185 when they vote this November.  The ballot measure is needed, proponents say, because it will finally accomplish the most noble, yet elusive, of goals: reducing smoking and raising revenue for the...

Spencer Chretien October 1, 2018
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Legal Sports Betting Should Be Allowed to Thrive

In May 2018, in Murphy v. NCAA, the Supreme Court invalidated a 1992 law called the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), which prohibited most states from legalizing sports betting.

Spencer Chretien September 20, 2018
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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. 

Spencer Chretien May 3, 2018
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As Other States Thrive, California is a Shadow of Its Former Self

So many iconic images and phrases come to mind when you think of California.  The Gold Rush.  The American Dream.  Hollywood.  The place where anything was possible and big dreams can come true—thanks to the smashing success of capitalism.  “Go West...

Spencer Chretien March 1, 2018
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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

Spencer Chretien January 11, 2018
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Connecticut and Pennsylvania Pass Budgets

As we finish our Halloween candy and start preparing for Thanksgiving, each of the fifty states has now passed its required budget.  As forty-nine of the fifty states require a balanced budget, which means the politicians can’t always resort to...

Spencer Chretien November 6, 2017
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Cook County Soda Tax Repealed After Only Two Months in Effect

When politicians decide to tax something new, taxpayers rarely see the end of it.  This adage is especially true of so-called “sin taxes,” levies on products like alcohol, tobacco, and, increasingly, soda.  Those in government always appreciate more...

Spencer Chretien October 18, 2017

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