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In today’s episode of The Heartland Daily Podcast, the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) Jonathan Williams joins Managing Editor of Budget & Tax News, Jesse Hathaway. Williams helps Hathaway get into the holiday spirit by talking about a new ALEC report on how state taxes affect Americans’ charitable giving.
When they’re not watching cheer holiday movies with loved ones like It’s a Wonderful Life and Die Hard or donning ugly Christmas sweaters for the office holiday party, Williams says Americans are very generous people. Williams brings the hard numbers to back it up.
However, as he explains, some states’ policies discourage getting into the holiday giving spirit, crowding out and replacing private charities with bigger and more expensive government. States with high tax rates, Williams says, seem to turn people into grinches, by consuming their disposable income and leaving people to conclude the inefficient entitlement programs – funded by taxpayers – are their “gift” to those in need of our help.