Town Hall: Slamming Vaping Products with Taxes Is Regressive and Counterproductive to Public Health

In an effort to find new ways to pay for the proposed $1.75 trillion “Build Back Better” package, the House Democrats added a “nicotine tax” on tobacco products including e-cigarettes in their latest 2,135-page version of the bill. Unfortunately, there is nothing innovative about this amendment. There have been multiple attempts at federal and state levels in […]

Regressive Gas Taxes Should Be Scrapped

In October 2021, both Alabama and Missouri raised their gas taxes to cover increasing road maintenance costs. Both increases passed with bipartisan support under Republican-controlled legislatures. Unfortunately, these tax increases will dramatically hurt low-income residents who will spend a higher percentage of their income than their wealthier counterparts on fueling up. A more equitable path […]

Inside Sources: Soda Tax Falls Flat, Again

Earlier this year, the District of Columbia Council attempted to pass a tax of $0.15 per ounce on sodas and other drinks with high sugar content. Despite a belief that the tax would “discourage residents from buying sugary drinks” and choosing healthier alternatives, early evidence suggests a tax would do little to curb consumer habits […]

Economic Standard: Federal Subsidies for Electric Cars Should Not Be Increased

As the American economy transitions to more renewable forms of energy, federal and state subsidies for electric vehicles should be consigned to history. While electric vehicles (EVs) subsidies might appear to be a creative way to encourage consumers to shift away from petroleum-powered cars, these subsidies only act as handouts to the wealthiest Americans. Furthermore, […]

Townhall: Build Back Better Promises Economic Recovery – But at What Cost?

The short- and long-term ramifications of the Build Back Better Act’s provisions are worrisome. The ambitious intent to create jobs and lower costs for working families, if enacted, would be overshadowed by the long-term burdens American consumers and the economy would be subjected to. This op-ed is available at the Townhall.

Inside Sources: STEP Act is a Step in the Wrong Direction

While the STEP Act is driven by populist desires to tax the rich and ensure the wealthy pay their fair share, Congress should perhaps first consider whom the proposals hurt and whom they benefit. While the measure will undoubtedly raise revenues for the federal government, the bill’s ramifications will undoubtedly hurt the wider economy, with […]

Counting the Costs of Federal Regulations

President Joe Biden’s recent affinity for ‘big government’ is no secret. Between funding social justice workshops for artists and ringfencing parts of the Pacific to save the whales, President Biden is putting the federal government into overdrive and overdraft to advance his agenda. But the cost of these ambitions may be much higher than the […]

Coalition Urges Congress Not to Expand Spending into Wasteful and Ineffective Housing Programs

Housing affordability is an immediate, everyday concern for millions of Americans nationwide, particularly for those who choose to live in densely populated urban areas. However, the issue of affordable housing stems from government-manufactured restrictions on supply, fees, restrictive zoning, and other government-imposed burdens. Before considering a major expansion of the housing choice voucher program, we […]

The Hill: Taxing Climate Change

As environmental catastrophes, like storms and earthquakes, appear more frequent, the ability of consumers to protect themselves from significant financial losses is more paramount than ever. But as American consumers, as well as state and local governments, prepare to cope with climate change, things will soon be much more expensive for consumers, in part due to […]

Inside Sources: Proposed International Taxes Would Devastate Consumers

In January 2019, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) announced its intention to move negotiations forward on the development of a new global minimum corporate tax rate. Under the proposed rule, OECD members would be required to tax corporations headquartered within their borders a specific minimum rate on profits made internationally. The OECD claims a minimum corporate tax […]