Blog Post Roundup

January 12, 2008

  • Which States Tax Groceries? by Gerald Prante. The Tax Foundation is often asked which states exempt certain items from their general sales taxes, especially as they relate to food. The following is a list of the states that do tax groceries, and if applicable, which ones apply a special rate on grocery items.
  • Challenge to Maryland Tax Increases Dismissed by Joseph Henchman. Carroll County Circuit Judge Thomas Stansfield yesterday dismissed a lawsuit challenging Maryland’s recent tax increases.
  • Vermont Is Latest State to Consider Lottery Privatization by Alicia Hansen. As we have said before, an outright lottery sale, not a lease, would be good news as it would get the state out of the lottery business entirely. Vermont is the most recent state to catch the lottery “privatization” bug, and is even hoping to beat the other states to the punch.
  • Giuliani Tackles Taxes by Nate Bailey. Yesterday, former New York City mayor and GOP presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani unveiled his plan for tax reform and relief.
  • Helping Two-Legs Good, Helping Four-Legs Bad by Joseph Henchman. When politicians start exempting certain groups from general taxes, they pick winners that pay no taxes and losers that pay higher taxes. Here, the line was arbitrarily drawn between charities that help needy people (winner) and charities that help needy animals (loser).

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