Defined Contribution vs. Defined Benefit Pensions
According to the Pew Center on the States, state government employee pension plans nationwide have racked up nearly $36
Raising New Hampshire's Cigarette Tax Is Bad Tax Policy
A 25 percent increase in New Hampshire's cigarette tax, scheduled to go into effect today, has been put on hold until audits can be completed to determine just how much revenue the tax has raised s
Utah Cigarette Tax Is More than Meets the Eye
In an effort to vilify the legal act of smoking, anti-tobacco groups in Utah are pushing a $2 per pack cigarette tax, with the help of very provocative and misleading statistics on health care cost
Smoking Bans and Property Rights
As President Calvin Coolidge once said, "Ultimately property rights and personal rights are the same thing." Property rights are at the heart of the smoking ban debate, but they are often overlooke
Massachusetts Bucking The Trend On State Employees — And Not In A Good Way
With 29 states expected to face budget deficits next year, many governors are realizing their state payrolls have swelled well beyond their means.
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Future Deficits Inevitable Without Comprehensive Solution
Washington's estimated $2.7 billion budget shortfall will force tough decisions to be made in the coming years, and without fiscal discipline these deficits will reoccur in larger form.
Reoccurring Budget Deficits Need Comprehensive Fix
California is facing a $17 billion deficit along with the third-highest unemployment rate in the country. This has caused some elected officials to say the state has a revenue problem ...
Research & Commentary: TABOR, The Taxpayers Bill of Rights
Introduction by Steven Stanek Managing Editor Budget & Tax News The Heartland Institute
Freight Rail Would Save Time and Fuel
A study released July 1 by the Association of American Railroads, written by Heartland Institute Senior Fellow Wendell Cox, shows that expanding freight rail would dramatically reduce congestion, p
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