“I hope we once again have reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There’s a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: As government expands, liberty contracts.” – Ronald Reagan, “Farewell Address to the Nation,” January 11, 1989
Thanksgiving is the perfect time to give thanks to all those who are near and dear to us. This Thanksgiving, The Heartland Institute is grateful for its allies, Legislative Forum members, donors, and all of its friends who support Heartland’s work to promote free-market solutions to our nation’s social and economic problems.
On December 10th, The Heartland Institute will be headed to Nashville, Tennessee for The Council of State Governments’ National Conference. Heartland will have a table in the exhibit hall, and we hope if you’re attending, you’ll come by and see us. We will be handing out complementary educational materials and our newest publications! We are eager to hear about the issues your state is focused on heading into 2016, and we’d love to discuss how Heartland might be able to help.
From all of us at The Heartland Institute, we wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving that’s filled with food, family, and free-market principles!
From Our Free-Market Friends 2016 State Business Tax Climate Index The Tax Foundation just released its 12th annual edition of theState Business Tax Climate Index, which measures how competitive and well-structured each state’s tax code is for businesses within the state. The Tax Foundation analyzed over 100 tax variables in five different categories—corporate, individual income, sales, property, and unemployment insurance taxes—to formulate its index and create its rankings. Wyoming once again finished first, as it did in 2015, while New Jersey finished last for the second year in a row. Read more
The November issue of Budget & Tax News reports on a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report detailing the Internal Revenue Service’s failure to enact safeguards to prevent unequal compliance scrutiny of non-profit organizations. Beginning in 2010, employees of the IRS’s Exempt Organizations division violated policies by singling out conservative organizations for special examination. Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL), chairman of the U.S. House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight, says lawmakers must continue to pressure IRS to change its ways. “We are going to continue to do the oversight necessary to keep this in the minds of the American public and to make sure the IRS knows we are watching them,” he said.