Today is May 6, the date in 1862 when Henry David Thoreau passed away. Thoreau famously refused to pay his taxes because of his opposition to war and slavery, spending a night in jail until someone paid his overdue taxes...
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The Tax Foundation takes on a lot of complicated issues: from the SILO deals that have many city transit agencies near default to calculating how the Presidential candidates' tax proposals would affect different definitions of "small business." But sometimes it's the simplest things that get us the most attention.
A couple months ago, Senior Economist Gerald Prante used the U.S. Census Bureau's 2007 American Community Survey to calculate median owner-occupied property taxes paid in different counties across the country, as well as those same taxes as a percentage of median home value and median household income. Although it received a lot of attention, one of the limitations of the report was that it only gave numbers for counties with populations above 65,000.
Last week, an updated American Community Survey was released that includes the three-year averages (2005, 2006 and 2007) of counties with populatiions above 20,000. Yesterday, Gerald and Analyst Mark Robyn released their calculations based on the new survey numbers, and the press started calling in droves. Today, there are a bevy of stories based on Gerald and Mark's report, including the South Town Star in Will County (IL), Santa Cruz Sentinel, New Hampshire Business Review, Phoenix Business Journal, Bellville News-Democrat (Southwestern IL and St. Louis) and Denver Business Journal. Surely, there will be more to come.
The bloggers give us love too:
- In the Tacoma News Tribune's "Political Buzz" blog, Ian Demsky cites Gerald and Mark's property tax report to report on Pierce County.
- The Lonely Conservative highlights Gerald's earlier blog post on the ridiculous non-diet soda tax that NY Gov. David Paterson is proposing.
- Bill Dupray of The Patriot Room also features Gerald's analysis of the Paterson proposal.
- And Professor Paul Caron of TaxProf Blog features a paper on the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts written by our Vice President for Economic Policy, Robert Carroll, as well as Gerald Auten and Geoffrey Gee from the Treasury Department.
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