Research and Commentaries

Research & Commentary: Georgia's Tobacco Tax Advantage

December 8, 2010

Georgia state Rep. Ron Stephens (R-Savannah) wants to raise the state’s cigarette tax by a dollar per pack in order to help close the state’s $1.5 billion budget deficit.

Research & Commentary: EPA Guidance on Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Marc Oestreich

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed guidance for regulating greenhouse gas emissions was released in mid-November and is set to go into effect on January 2, 2011.

Research & Commentary: A Federal Balanced Budget Amendment

November 10, 2010

The current public outrage over bailouts, excessive spending, and a staggering national debt are helping fuel the push for a federal balanced budget amendment.

Research & Commentary: The Problem with ‘Fat’ Taxes

October 6, 2010

States are increasingly looking to soda, candy, and other so-called “fat” taxes as a way to shore up their budgets.

Research & Commentary: Capital Gains Taxes

August 30, 2010

The current capital gains tax rate of 15 percent is set to increase substantially at the end of the year as the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts sunset.

Research & Commentary: The Upcoming Dividend Tax Increase

August 25, 2010

One tax hike set to take effect January 1, 2011 unless Congressional action is taken is a 164 percent increase in the tax on dividends.

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