What Happens When You Don't Have Money

A recent study finds that the poor condition of Pennsylvania's roads cost the state over $8.2 billion a year. The roads and bridges in the Commonwealth are in terrible condition which increases the cost of vehicle maintenance, gas, lost time in traffic, and more accidents. . . . To address the problem...

The Myth of Revenue Neutrality

Somehow the concept of revenue neutrality has become a fundamental principle of tax reform. . . . The principle of revenue neutrality says that you can change your tax system all you want as long as it collects the same amount of revenue. See? Then it's not a tax increase. But what if one of the...

Will Developed Countries Learn to Tax?

In 1963, Nicholas Kaldor published a paper in Foreign Affairs about the ongoing fiscal problems of poor countries, entitled " Will Underdeveloped Countries Learn to Tax? " It turns out Kaldor should have aimed this advice at his own country, as the rich world, confident in its fiscal advice...

State Net Capitol Journal – March 12th, 2012

c Budget & Taxes FL JUDGE SIDES AGAINST STATE IN PENSION CASE: A Florida circuit court ruled last week that Gov. Rick Scott (R) and Republican legislative leaders' decision last year to cut public employee salaries to offset the state's contribution to their pension fund was an unconstitutional...

State Net Capitol Journal – March 12th, 2012

c Budget & Taxes FL JUDGE SIDES AGAINST STATE IN PENSION CASE: A Florida circuit court ruled last week that Gov. Rick Scott (R) and Republican legislative leaders' decision last year to cut public employee salaries to offset the state's contribution to their pension fund was an...

State Net Capitol Journal – March 19th, 2012

Budget & Taxes WV COMMITS TO PAYING DOWN PENSION DEBT: West Virginia's unfunded pension liability - estimated at $10 billion last year - is one of the highest per capita in the nation. But the state became a standout on the issue in a very different way last month when lawmakers approved...

State Net Capitol Journal – March 19th, 2012

Budget & Taxes WV COMMITS TO PAYING DOWN PENSION DEBT: West Virginia's unfunded pension liability - estimated at $10 billion last year - is one of the highest per capita in the nation. But the state became a standout on the issue in a very different way last month when lawmakers approved...

A Time Bomb of a Tax Code

There's a lot of serious news out there - tragedy, health care, a nuclear Iran. It seems the news of the day roars at us. But if you turn down the sound, you can hear it: tick, tick, tick. What is it, you say? It's the federal tax system, and it's set to explode. And if it does, there...

Taxing the Rich, and Missing the Point

The hot tax news is that President Obama has proposed extending the so-called Bush tax cuts but only for the middle class, not for the people the President thinks are rich. (If he gets what he wants can we start calling them the Obama tax cuts?) Apparently, the President thinks that families making ...