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Fast Tracked Gas Tax Increase Slows Iowa Taxpayers at the Pumps

by Timothy Howland / /

A swift blow was dealt to taxpayers in Iowa yesterday as Governor Branstad signed a bill in to law to hike gas and diesel taxes by 10 cents a gallon.  The increase resulting from Senate File 257 equates to a more than 45% boost in a single year, making Iowa’s 32 cent per gallon gas tax higher than five of its neighboring states.


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Puerto Rico’s VAT: A Path Forward?

by Dan Barrett / /

The reasons for why Puerto Rico got into its debt mess are many but all is not lost yet. One proposal by local politicians may be able to right the sinking ship, thereby saving residents and all U.S. taxpayers some serious headache. However, what would th
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Puerto Rican Debt Primer: Causes and Solutions

by Dan Barrett / /

Because of over-spending and relying on a possible federal bailout, Puerto Rico is saddled with over $70 billion and recently was denied restructuring rights under Chapter 9 bankruptcy rules. Bondholders, who expect to receive returns on their investments
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NTU Endorses S. 431, the Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act

by Brandon Arnold / /

On behalf of the members of the National Taxpayers Union (NTU), I would like to extend our enthusiastic support for S. 431, the Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act. This critically important bill would permanently ban taxes on Internet access. With the curre
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OECD Pushes Redistribution In New Report

by Michael Tasselmyer / /

In December, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) published a report entitled Trends in Income Inequality and its Impact on Economic Growth, which postulates that redistributive tax policies are necessary to ensure long-term ec
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Is Your State's Tax System "Fair"?

by Michael Tasselmyer / /

A new study from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy ranks each state's tax system according to how "fair" it is -- but what does that mean, and how is it measured?
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NTU writes in support of H.R. 27, the “Tax Code Termination Act.”

by Nan Swift / /

Dear Representative Goodlatte: On behalf of the members of the National Taxpayers Union (NTU), I write in strong support of H.R. 27, your "Tax Code Termination Act." By requiring a "sunset" date for the current Internal Revenue Code, your bill would p
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Vermont Abandons Single-Payer Healthcare Plan

by Michael Tasselmyer / /

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin announced on Wednesday that his state will not pursue a single-payer healthcare plan amidst higher-than-expected costs. The plan would have called for a payroll tax of nearly 12 percent as well as higher personal income taxe
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Boehner Saves Families $360 Each as Holiday Shopping Season Begins

by Nan Swift / /

Because it came late in the day on the eve of a federal holiday, it might have been easy to miss the news that House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) just saved Christmas - joining the cadre of holiday heroes like Rudolph, the Grinch, and yes, even a dog. The
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“Free Software” Comes at a High Price for Everyone

by Nan Swift / /

Proponents of the Marketplace Fairness Act have tried to argue that compliance with legislation will be easy and not impose any significant cost to online retailers. As Drex Davis, a small business owner and co-founder of the eMainStreet Alliance makes cl
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