A Sampling of Tax Freedom Day Media Coverage

April 14, 2009

Tax Freedom Day for the nation is over, yet there are eleven states that have yet to celebrate their Tax Freedom Days.

Just in the last 36 hours, there were over 400 mentions of Tax Freedom Day on Twitter. (Don’t forget to follow our Twitter account: http://twitter.com/taxfoundation.)

Here’s a small sampling of the media coverage we received from yesterday.

CNN’s business correspondent Christine Romans mentioned Tax Freedom Day in a story on “what taxes pay for.”

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Fox News’s Glenn Beck used Tax Freedom Day to make a point about government spending.

In addition to national television coverage, we’ve appeared on several local television stations including KSL in Salt Lake City, WSIL in Southern Illinois and KMVT in Twin Falls, Idaho which you can view below.

Our staff economist, Josh Barro, author of this year’s Tax Freedom Day report, was a guest on several radio stations from Los Angeles to Philadelphia to Bend, Oregon to Calhoun, Georgia.

Josh was interviewed on KYW Newsradio 1060 AM in Philadelphia.

Here’s Josh on with Brian Thomas of the 55KRC Morning Show in Cincinnati.

Josh also talked for an hour with Al Roney of WGY 810 AM in Albany. Here’s a partial segment.

Gov. Tim Pawlenty wasn’t the only elected official making reference to Tax Freedom Day. On WDEL 1150 AM in Delaware, State Representative Deborah Hudson, a Republican member of the House Finance Committee, says that while Delawareans work a shorter time to pay their taxes than residents of neighboring states, she’s worried that may not last.

Some major print organizations featured Tax Freedom Day, including the Washington Times, the Chicago Sun-Times, U.S. News and World Report, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and United Press International. We can’t forget other newspapers including the Jacksonville Daily News (NC), the Orange County Register, the Atlantic City Press, the Deseret News (UT) and the Burlington Free Press.

Forbes Magazine and the American Spectator joined in on the Tax Freedom Day fun along with our online news friends from TheStreet.com and Townhall. We even got some international attention from the London Times.

Former Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul posted a Tax Freedom Day item on his website, calling the income tax “involuntary servitude.” Michelle Malkin was just one among hundreds of bloggers that featured Tax Freedom Day, including Stretchy Dollar, Steve from Marketplace of Ideas, Kelly from Tax Girl, Mark Perry of Carpe Diem, Jeff Cornwall of the Entrepreneurial Mind and Paul Caron of TaxProf Blog.

Finally, a big thanks to the other national and state-based think tanks for their contributions in promoting Tax Freedom Day, including the Heritage Foundation, Cato Institute, American Issues Project, Club for Growth and the Commonwealth Foundation in Pennsylvania.


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