Tag: cronyism

Tag: cronyism

  • Occupational Board Antitrust Reform Act image

    Occupational Board Antitrust Reform Act

    A bill for an act relating to occupational regulations contrary to the Sherman (Antitrust) Act; establishing the state policy for the regulation of occupations, specifying criteria for government regulation to increase …

  • State of the State: Delaware image

    State of the State: Delaware

    Governor Carney's agenda resists overall spending reductions, advocates for higher taxes and neglects other needed policy reforms (such as worker’s compensation and worker freedom). With a legislature unlikely to circumvent the lackluster agenda of the new governor, don’t expect Delaware’s economic outlook to break through the median anytime soon.

  • State of the State: New Mexico image

    State of the State: New Mexico

    In short, it’s not that things in New Mexico are getting worse; they’re just stuck in low gear. According to ALEC’s Rich States, Poor States, economic performance remains in the bottom third of all states; economic outlook is stuck at 34th place nationally, just one spot better than back in 2010. This lackluster outlook persisted during the energy boom years of 2010-2013. In fact, from 2004-2014, only ten states had lower gross domestic product growth than New Mexico. It’s no surprise that the state experienced negative domestic migration in 2016 for the fourth consecutive year in a row.

  • State of the State: Nevada image

    State of the State: Nevada

    Nevada remains one of the most business-friendly states. The education system is rapidly becoming the envy of the nation. And it’s no surprise that many choose to escape the high-tax regime of California for no-income-tax Nevada. But to stop the slide in economic outlook, Nevadans should reject further cronyism and resist calls for a further erosion of the low-tax environment.

  • Nickel and Diming Innovation to Death image

    Nickel and Diming Innovation to Death

    The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is creating a new tax on Transportation Networking Companies (TNCs) to the tune of $0.20 per ride. Of the $0.20, five cents, or a full jitney nickel, will go to none other than the taxi industry itself.

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    Union Time on the Taxpayer Dime

    Connecticut state budgets are in dire straits. Belts need to be tightened. Revenue projections estimate the budget deficit could spill over $900 million in 2016-2017. With such staggering shortfalls, …

  • New From Rich States, Poor States, Eighth Edition image

    New From Rich States, Poor States, Eighth Edition

    Tax cronyism— the deviation from sound economic policy to create a system that benefits one business at the expense of others—is a significant public policy challenge in the states. The …

  • State of the State:  Vermont image

    State of the State:  Vermont

    In his final State of the State address, Governor Peter Shumlin outlined his 2016 agenda and discussed fiscal policies such as the Vermont Enterprise Fund, marijuana legalization and local school …

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    New Models from the Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force

    Earlier this summer, members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) gathered in San Diego for the organization’s 42nd Annual Meeting. In addition to hearing from three …

  • 7 Things Every American Needs To Know About Taxes image

    7 Things Every American Needs To Know About Taxes

    Today is tax day in America. As always, it features a lot of confusion with tax forms, some rushed trips to the post office and a whole lot of heartburn …

  • Tax Cronyism is No Substitute for Good Tax Policy image

    Tax Cronyism is No Substitute for Good Tax Policy

    One of the most significant upsets of the 2014 midterm elections was the choice by Maryland voters to elect a candidate who campaigned on lowering tax burdens and creating a …

  • A Halloween Horror Story: Tax Carve-Outs Edition One Year Later image

    A Halloween Horror Story: Tax Carve-Outs Edition One Year Later

    Last year at Halloween, we told the gruesome tale of tax carve-outs. It all started when our social media guru, Jordan, asked for some statistics on the extent …

  • Good Jobs First Acknowledges the ALEC Fight Against Cronyism image

    Good Jobs First Acknowledges the ALEC Fight Against Cronyism

    The issue of cronyism provides a great opportunity for many advocates of truly free markets and limited government to ally with principled leftists on a mutual cause—ending special preferences granted …

  • The Unseen Costs of Tax Cronyism: Favoritism and Foregone Growth image

    The Unseen Costs of Tax Cronyism: Favoritism and Foregone Growth

    In The Unseen Costs of Tax Cronyism: Favoritism and Foregone Growth, the authors provide an overview on the nature and extent of tax cronyism in states’ tax codes …