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Opportunity Zones Fuel Corruption

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE The federal government dispenses unequal treatment to Americans through subsidies, regulations, and narrow tax breaks. The unequal treatment generates lobbying and...

Multi-Billion Dollar Boondoggle at Department of Energy

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE The federal government spends an unreal amount of taxpayer money cleaning up nuclear weapons sites. In this study at Downsizing Government, I...

TSA Still Awful After 17 Years

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE It has been 17 years since the federal government took over security screening at the nation’s airports, and they still haven’t figured out...

Who Gained from the Tax Cuts?

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE The Tax Policy Center (TPC) has released a new analysis of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed in December. The analysis examines...

Federal Fuel Foolishness

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE The federal government imposes a mandate to blend ethanol into gasoline. This “Renewable Fuel Standard” harms consumers, damages the economy, and...

Purging Unions from the Public Sector

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE The Supreme Court hears arguments today regarding the ability of state governments and their labor unions to extract union fees from...

Advantages to Trump’s Proposed Privatizing of PMAs – Cato Study

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE The Trump administration proposed privatizing the Power Marketing Administrations (PMAs) in its budget last year.  Cato has released a study discussing the PMAs...

Government Shutdown Solution: Auto CR

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE Part of the federal government is closed today because the two parties cannot agree on a discretionary spending plan for the...

Earmark Supporters Should Run for Public Office

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE If you are interested in national issues such as defense, foreign policy, and trade, and want to hold public office, you...

Corporate Welfare Absurdity

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE This small news bite from the Washington Post yesterday caught my eye: Moving costs: Booz Allen Hamilton, the McLean, Va., consulting and government contracting giant,...
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Talking Tax Reform with Nick Gillespie

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE Last week I sat down to talk tax reform with Nick Gillespie, the editor-in-chief of Reason.com and an all-around guru of...

Corporate Tax Rate: 20 Percent Is Better

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE The House and Senate have passed bills cutting the federal corporate tax rate from 35 to 20 percent. This overdue reform...

GOP Tax Plan: Middle Class Gets Largest Cuts

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE Critics are saying that the Republican tax plan would give high earners the largest cuts. There has been a flood of news...

High Earners Pay Bulk of Income Taxes

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE President Trump and his advisors are stressing that they want tax cuts for the middle class, not high earners. Trump said, “the...

Federal Pay Outpaced Private Pay in 2016

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) has released data on worker compensation for 2016. The data show that wages and benefits...

Hurricanes and USAs

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE Congress may loosen 401(k) rules to allow Harvey and Irma victims to access their retirement savings without the usual 10 percent...

New Estimates of Corporate Tax Rates

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE Corporate tax reduction is at the center of the tax reform debate in 2017. While the United States has the highest...

Corporate Tax Cuts: Canada’s Experience

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans are proposing to cut the corporate tax rate. With any tax cut, members of Congress...

Time to Repeal Ethanol Subsidies

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE The federal government provides an array of subsidies to increase the consumption of biofuels such as corn ethanol. The subsidies include...

Trump Spending Cut Ideas

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE President-elect Donald Trump said on the campaign trail that he will balance the federal budget and cut wasteful spending. Here are...

Tax Army Larger than U.S. Army

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE The Office of Management and Budget has released new data on the amount of time Americans spend complying with the federal...

Air Traffic Control: Bureaucracy and Unions

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE For more than a century, America has been the global leader of the aviation industry. But these days, the government-run parts...

The Need to Balance the Budget and Reduce Federal Debt

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE Committee on the Budget United States House of Representatives Mr. Chairman and members of the committee, thank you for inviting me to testify....

IRS Budget Cuts and Tax Filing

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE For taxpayers needing IRS help, this year’s filing season could be a nightmare. The Washington Post today reports on the long...

Infrastructure: Privatization and Innovation

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE Tomorrow at CPAC, I will discuss some advantages of infrastructure privatization. Perhaps the largest advantage is innovation. Unlike government bureaucracies, private...

Regulations & Taxes—Democrats Then & Now

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE In recent decades, the Democratic Party has moved far to the left on economic policy. I have discussed the leftward shift...

Regulations & Taxes—Democrats Then & Now

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE In recent decades, the Democratic Party has moved far to the left on economic policy. I have discussed the leftward shift...

Obama's Tax Plan is Not Simple

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE President Obama’s tax plan would create “A Simpler, Fairer Tax Code,” according to the official fact sheet. The president’s budget uses “simplify” numerous times...

Obama’s Tax Plan is Not Simple

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE President Obama’s tax plan would create “A Simpler, Fairer Tax Code,” according to the official fact sheet. The president’s budget uses “simplify” numerous times...

Highways and the Federal Gas Tax

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE Another day, another news article supportive of raising the federal gas tax. This time it’s the Wall Street Journal. The article...