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Tax Burdens From Renewable Energy Sources are Large

Posted: January 22, 2016 at 8:00 am   /   Politics

The Department of Energy announced state revenue from severance taxes dropped as the price of crude oil falls below $30 per bushel.  The following charts show tax revenue for 6 states. Source: Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau, Quarterly Summary of Source: Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau, Quarterly Summary of State and Local TaxesNote: […]

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Heartland Daily Podcast – Erick Elder: Is Your State Preparing for the Next Economic Recession?

Posted: January 20, 2016 at 10:30 am   /   Politics

In today’s episode of The Heartland Daily Podcast, managing editor Jesse Hathaway talks with University of Arkansas-Little Rock economics professor Erick Elder about a new study, published by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, about how well state lawmakers are preparing for the next economic recession. States’ rainy-day funds, Elder explains, are used by lawmakers […]

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Bitcoin, Other Alt-Currencies Offer More Choices for Consumers

Posted: January 19, 2016 at 9:50 am   /   Politics

In just eight years, Bitcoin and the idea of “virtual currency” have gained acceptance and use both online and in the physical world. Spread by word of mouth and other “viral” means, decentralized virtual currencies have gone from a mere thought experiment to a tangible economic reality. Today, one can use Bitcoin or other currencies […]

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Ducey Highlights Economic Growth, Tax Cuts, Education In State of the State Address

Posted: January 11, 2016 at 3:38 pm   /   Features, Politics, Top Stories

Governor Doug Ducey set policy priorities for his second year in office Monday with emphasis on economic growth, tax cuts, education funding, and a renewed commitment to streamline state government. In the State of the State address, Ducey called for passage of Proposition 123 in May that would provide an additional $3.5 billion for K-12 […]

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Lawmakers’ Costly Policies Hit Consumers in the Pocketbook

Posted: January 5, 2016 at 10:23 am   /   Politics

Like it or not, lawmakers’ decisions have a large effect on our everyday lives. From increasing the cost of a car people need to take their children to soccer practice or go to work, to restricting job opportunities using occupational licensing rules (which reduce the supply of providers and raises prices), lawmakers’ actions have a […]

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SolarCity and the Silver Spoon

Posted: January 5, 2016 at 6:35 am   /   Politics

If you own a business—maybe a taco stand, a dress shop, or an insurance agency—you know it takes a lot of hard work, good market analysis, a better product or service than your competition, and advertising. Add in a bit of luck, and you hope to grow your business—though vacant storefronts and boarded up buildings […]

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Heartland Daily Podcast – Salim Furth: Puerto Rico’s Slow-Motion Fiscal Train Wreck

Posted: December 28, 2015 at 7:49 am   /   Politics

In today’s edition of the Heartland Daily podcast, managing editor Jesse Hathaway and Heritage Foundation macroeconomics research fellow Salim Furth talk about the latest news from Puerto Rico’s slow-motion fiscal train wreck. The territory barely scraped together enough money to pay its debts for December, but announced it will enter into default in January or March […]

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There is No Social Security Santa Claus

Posted: December 22, 2015 at 9:47 am   /   Politics

At this annual time of good cheer it might seem Grinch-like to challenge the spirit of Santa Claus, but the reality is that there is no jolly, bearded, rotund man in a red suit who brings us goodies for free. And the Congressional Budget Office has recently reminded us of this in reference to Social […]

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Unions Mean Less Worker Freedom

Posted: December 16, 2015 at 10:00 am   /   Politics

Personal choice and freedom of association are two fundamental and essential principles of any truly free society, and this includes a free market workplace. Unfortunately, the Obama Administration is spending taxpayer dollars to undermine those principles in other countries around the world. The Washington Times reported on December 11, 2015 that the U.S. Agency for […]

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