Inequality is a hot topic these days. Everyone seems to want to write about it. The launch of TheUpshot, the new project from the New York Times, included a story on the wealth of the middle class, the Times Sunday...
- Tax Review: The Oil Excise Tax: Another Government Windfall
Tax Review: The Oil Excise Tax: Another Government Windfall
Volume XL No. 9
The Windfall Profits Tax, writes Professor Meiselman in this issue of Tax Review, will not solve the energy problem; in fact, it will make the U.S. even more dependent on foreign oil. After examining the rationale behind the windfall tax, the author describes this "new and major tax" as a "money machine" designed to finance still larger Federal budgets and to compensate for "embarrassingly large Federal deficits." Some of Dr. Meiselman's analysis is addressed to the specifics of the House-passed energy bill (HR 3919) which the Senate and Conference Committee may alter significantly. His main argument, however, focuses on the "windfall profits" tax concept and is very pertinent to the current debate.
A key issue for state governors and legislators is how to pay for transportation expenses. In the last year, Virginia and Massachusetts raised a number of taxes for transportation purposes, a handful of states raised gasoline taxes, Oregon began...
Tax Foundation Fiscal Fact No. 264
Every day, news headlines highlight the rising price of crude oil. An article on the determinants of oil prices, ominously titled "The Price of...
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