Chris Edwards

Chris Edwards discusses the Biden Administration’s infrastructure plan on The Great Antidote Podcast

Chris Edwards is the director of tax policy studies at the CATO Institute and editor of www.DownsizingGovernment.org. He is a top expert on federal...

Corporate Taxes: Rates Down, Revenues Up

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen recently complained about a “30-year race to the bottom on corporate tax rates,” and is pushing for a higher...

Biden’s Crumbling Bridges

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg says America’s roads and bridges are “crumbling.” The administration’s infrastructure plan says, “After decades of disinvestment, our roads, bridges, and...

Biden Corporate Tax Increase

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE As part of his infrastructure plan, President Biden is proposing to raise the federal corporate tax rate from 21 percent to 28...

Federal Budget Deficits: Path of Doom

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE President Trump approved $900 billion in stimulus spending in December and President Biden approved another $1.9 trillion in March. Biden is...

About Andrew Cuomo

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is in hot water. His handling of nursing homes during the pandemic was tragically flawed and...

More Federal Aid to States Not Needed

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE President Biden and the Democrats are including $350 billion in aid for the states in their $1.9 trillion stimulus bill. But...

President Biden and Labor Unions

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE Joe Biden is old. He has been in politics since 1970 and holds antiquated views. On the campaign trail, he used...

President Biden’s Minimum Wage Proposal

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE As part of his $1.9 trillion relief plan, President Joe Biden proposes to double the federal minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to...

State Budgets: Course Correction Not Crisis

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE Media reports since the pandemic began have claimed that state and local governments are in a “dire fiscal crisis” and face...

Property Taxes on the Ballot

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE The most famous ballot question on fiscal policy is California’s Proposition 13 passed in 1978. Voters passed the constitutional change to...

Complexity in State Government

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE One of the factors undermining efficiency and performance in American government is the rising complexity of laws, regulations, programs, and bureaucratic...

Spending on Police by State

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE Amid the outcry over George Floyd’s death and subsequent protests, some people are calling for defunding the police. Zeroing out the...

U.S. Postal Service in Crisis

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE President Trump has reignited a feud with the U.S. Postal Service calling it “a joke” the other day. He does not like Amazon’s delivery...

Slashing Regulations to Combat Coronavirus

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE The coronavirus is battering the U.S economy as businesses cut back and close down. Unfortunately, federal policymakers are pursuing their usual misguided response...

Coronavirus and NIH/CDC Funding

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE The rapid spread of coronavirus (Covid‐​19) is focusing attention on the health agencies that are helping to fight the pandemic. This...

Capital Gains Tax Hike Would Be a Mistake

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE Democrats running for the White House are pushing all kinds of tax increases. One bad idea supported by all the leading...

Wasteful Local Infrastructure

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE Politicians love infrastructure, but many local government projects seem awfully wasteful. We’ve all seen the questionable spending—the half dozen union guys...

Cato’s Letters: 300 Years

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE I grabbed a book off my shelf the other day that I had not read in years. The English Libertarian Heritage is a sampling of essays...

Infrastructure Policy: Eight Lessons

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE The House Ways and Means Committee held hearings on infrastructure yesterday . The testimony by D. J. Gribbin was excellent. He was special assistant...