Federal and State Tax Policy in the Best of the Blogosphere
December 2, 2008
The Tax Foundation’s mission is to educate taxpayers about sound tax policy and the size of the tax burden borne by Americans at all levels of government. And it’s nice to see that bloggers are paying attention to the Tax Foundation’s work at all levels of government.
On federal tax issues …
- The Urbanophile, a blog about urban affairs in Midwestern cities, uses Tax Foundation studies on “nonpayers” into the federal income tax system to make the point that “the burdens of society must broadly be shared” and that folks should be concerned “about the class warfare rhetoric being used to demonize the ‘top 2%’ or whomever, as well as tax policies that are again separating America into a two-tier society: those who pay taxes and those who collect benefits.”
- FisCons.com cites a recent blog post from Staff Economist Josh Barro on Congressman Louie Gohmert’s (R-TX 1) proposal for a two-month temporary tax holiday, saying that “Gohmert’s plan may be well-intentioned, but bad policy” and “will do little to stimulate the economy.”
On state tax issues …
- Justin Katz of the Anchor Rising blog in Rhode Island features and analyzes the Ocean State’s rankings our State-Local Tax Burden Study.
- Kelly Erb, the editor of the Taxgirl blog, uses the State-Local Tax Burden Study to create a primer on Arizona’s taxes.
- Adam Pagnucco of Maryland Politics Watch gives mention to the State Business Tax Climate Index and the state’s slide from 24th in 2008 to 45th in 2009, bemoaning that “if in addition the state is perceived as unable to finance its transportation infrastructure, it will risk being perceived as a radioactive place for locating jobs.”