Category: In The News

Category: In The News

  • 1.1 Trillion Reasons to Remember State and Local Bond Obligations image

    1.1 Trillion Reasons to Remember State and Local Bond Obligations

    Note: This Article Originally Appeared in The Hill. We can all agree that we want our states and cities to avoid the painful lessons collectively learned from the recent …

  • Treasury Recognizes Importance of Donor Privacy in New Regulation image

    Treasury Recognizes Importance of Donor Privacy in New Regulation

    On July 16, the Department of the Treasury announced that 501(c) tax-exempt organizations, except 501(c)(3)s, no longer have to disclose their donor information on their yearly IRS tax forms.

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    I Saw The Sign

    “I saw the sign,” sang pop band Ace of Base in the early ‘90s. They probably didn’t realize it, but their song draws attention to a frequently overregulated part …

  • Arsenic and Old Law: Regulation, Litigation and California’s Proposition 65 Problem image

    Arsenic and Old Law: Regulation, Litigation and California’s Proposition 65 Problem

    Walking into a coffee shop in California isn’t quite like walking into a coffee shop in other parts of the United States. The general atmosphere may be much the same: …

  • German Investment in the U.S. Creates American Jobs image

    German Investment in the U.S. Creates American Jobs

    Much current U.S. trade policy misses the importance of foreign direct investment (FDI) in growing the American economy and creating American jobs. Foreign-owned businesses are responsible for more than 6 …

  • Malaysian National Election — A Pivot away from Autocracy image

    Malaysian National Election — A Pivot away from Autocracy

    On May 9, 2018, the Pakatan Harapan (Alliance of Hope), the opposition coalition in Malaysia, pulled off a surprising upset in the national elections with Mahathir Mohamad being elected prime …

  • NAFTA Is a Good Deal for the States image

    NAFTA Is a Good Deal for the States

    Just as renegotiation of the North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) appeared to be picking up some much-needed speed, the Administration introduced yet another complicating factor into negotiations late last …

  • Welcome News from the Department of the Interior about Federal Lands – But Wouldn’t It Be Easier to Leave It to the States? image

    Welcome News from the Department of the Interior about Federal Lands – But Wouldn’t It Be Easier to Leave It to the States?

    The U.S. Department of Interior has made announcements in the past month that while positive, underscore why transferring select portions of the vast tracts of federal land in the American …

  • Mexico’s Upcoming Presidential Election and Potential Implications for NAFTA image

    Mexico’s Upcoming Presidential Election and Potential Implications for NAFTA

    Mexico’s political history until the middle of the 1990s was dominated by elections that were won almost exclusively by a single party – the PRI (Institutional Revolutionary Party). In 1994, …

  • Trouble in Paradise: Hawaii Governor Ige Acknowledges  Livability Concerns image

    Trouble in Paradise: Hawaii Governor Ige Acknowledges Livability Concerns

    The governor took note of several pressing concerns—energy, affordable housing, education, and income growth. However, many of his solutions threaten to aggravate the underlying problems.

  • Oklahoma State of the State: Governor Fallin Delivers Stern Tax and Spend Message image

    Oklahoma State of the State: Governor Fallin Delivers Stern Tax and Spend Message

    Despite early promise of being a bold reformer, the governor now zealously possesses the tax and spend mantle. And the spending extends beyond education. She promises a cornucopia of spending courtesy of the tax hikes on “initiatives that each of you are passionate about.”

  • New Mexico State of the State: Governor Applauds Economic Diversification and Pushes for Comprehensive Tax Reform image

    New Mexico State of the State: Governor Applauds Economic Diversification and Pushes for Comprehensive Tax Reform

    The governor’s proposals for comprehensive tax reform, economic diversification, infrastructure spending prioritization, and education reform can generate longer-term opportunities. However, additional changes are needed. The state’s tort system and worker’s compensation costs remain economic drags. The relative lack of tax and expenditure limits and 8th highest number of state employees per capita contribute to a bloated state government.

  • New Jersey Inauguration: Governor Murphy Claims the Moral High Ground in Bid to Expand Government image

    New Jersey Inauguration: Governor Murphy Claims the Moral High Ground in Bid to Expand Government

    Governor Murphy failed to recognize that those on the other side of the aisle may share the same ultimate policy outcome goals—justice, fairness, and growth—albeit with far different policy preferences. This threatens to block pragmatic bipartisan progress on numerous pressing issues.

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    “Fake News” Is Now Illegal in Malaysia

    Whether well-established or nascent, faltering democracies share striking similarities on the path toward dictatorship. One of the most common is an early delegitimization of the media. Undermining press freedoms is …

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    Investing in Infrastructure

    Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. to meet with President Trump.  I joined other Governors, Mayors, and Speakers from across the country as the …

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    The Williams Report

    Budget National: S&P finds tariffs could hurt state, city budgets Alabama: The Alabama Senate delivers a general fund budget to the governor’s office. Alaska: To avert shutdown …

  • Colorado State of the State:  Hickenlooper’s Pursuit of Taxes image

    Colorado State of the State: Hickenlooper’s Pursuit of Taxes

    The governor is right that “by almost any measure, we’ve become one of the best places for business in America.” But expanding crony capitalism and increasing the tax burden make maintaining this coveted status more difficult. Following five consecutive years in the top 10 for economic outlook in Rich States, Poor States, Colorado dropped to 16th in 2013 and has failed to fully recover. A sharpened focus on regulatory reform and pension reform are required to guarantee continued success in the Centennial State.

  • Kansas State of the State: Gov. Brownback Resists Tax Hikes, Calls for Constitutional Amendment on Ed Financing image

    Kansas State of the State: Gov. Brownback Resists Tax Hikes, Calls for Constitutional Amendment on Ed Financing

    The governor’s rejection of a tax increase is welcomed news for taxpayers. Just last year, legislators overrode his veto in order to enact an enormous tax increase of $1.2 billion over the next two years alone. This tax hike on individuals and businesses wiped out much of the tax reductions from the 2012 reforms. Avoiding a new tax increase, pushing for a voter-approved constitutional amendment on school financing, and demanding educational reforms will help avoid compounding the damage from last year’s tax hikes.  

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    The Williams Report

    Budget Alabama: The Alabama Senate passed a $2 billion dollar general fund budget. The increase is due primarily to $51 million dollars of additional appropriations to the Department of …

  • Tax Plan Explained by Jonathan Williams (WTOP Radio) image

    Tax Plan Explained by Jonathan Williams (WTOP Radio)

    Shawn Anderson (co-anchor): 5:11 on WTOP. President Trump has planted a kiss on a symbol of the House Republican tax plan. In a White House meeting, the President was shown two postcard-sized …