Illinois may have only one opportunity to get pension reform right, and this proposal is not it. More than likely, this proposal will set back the true fundamental pension reform that is required to protect taxpayers from further tax hikes, give public employees more job flexibility, and put Illinois on a sustainable fiscal path.
Raise fuel taxes. End diversions of highway funds. Charge a road fee for owners of hybrid and electric cars. Leverage existing federal programs to involve private companies to address highway needs. These all would be better solutions than the hidden and privacy-violating VMT.
A new study released by the Small Business Administration funded with taxpayer money examines the effects of Internet sales taxes on small businesses. The study has drawn swift criticism from[...]
The clock is ticking. Hopefully politics won’t impede the way forward until such a time when this nation can no longer be rescued from it self-imposed downfall, precipitated by an all-powerful, reckless government whose goal it is to please what has become a nation of greedy, government-dependent Americans.
Standing by itself, Pilla’s Ten Principles of Federal Tax Policy is one in a series of eight other brief guides in Heartland’s Legislative Principles Series, each having its own set of principles central to its topic of debate.
Soon, all public schools will be allowed to enroll all students, regardless of need, into a new federal entitlement: “free” school lunches. This is the second year of a three-year rollout for the program, embedded in Michelle Obama’s Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is proposing to increase the city’s cigarette tax by $.75 a pack, which would raise the combined local and state tax rate to $7.42 a pack- the highest in the nation. The video above, by Fox 32, features the Heartland Institute’s John Nothdurft and his brief, yet powerful, opinion on the proposed tax increase.
The Department of Labor (DoL) just implemented another crippling regulation on American businesses. All 171,000 federal contractors must now meet a seven percent hiring quota for the disabled. This quota[...]
A survey conducted by the R-Street Institute and the National Taxpayers Union shows that voters across the ideological spectrum oppose the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA). If signed into law, the[...]
Wireless tax rates have reached all-time highs. Almost half of the states nationwide now impose a wireless tax above 10 percent (pushing the national average to more than 16.3 percent).[...]
The goals of limited government, fiscal responsibility, traditional values, and strong defense have been an ever-present litany of bullet points from Republican politicians – but talking about limited government and actually delivering on it are two very different things.