The VEETC is DOA (in the Senate at least)

June 17, 2011

With bipartisan support, the Senate voted yesterday in favor of the Coburn-Feinstein amendment (to S782 – Economic Development Revitalization Act of 2011) that would repeal the ethanol tax credit and tariff levied on imported ethanol.

The final vote was 73-27, sending “a powerful message that the days of big subsidies for ethanol are coming to a close,” according to Senator Feinstein. Feinstein believes that “this is a good first step” in reducing the deficit.

It certainly is a good first step in the direction of tax reform. And it’s only one of many. As we said yesterday, the future of sound tax policy requires careful analysis to ensure that market interference and wasteful spending through the tax code remains limited. Regardless of the deficit, these types of tax breaks are bad policy and should be eliminated.

Hopefully the House will follow the Senate’s lead. If not, we might as well have taken two steps back.

More on ethanol subisdies:

Coburn, Norquist Dispute Ethanol Tax Credit Repeal

Attention Iowa: Your Ethanol Subsidies Have Little Economic or Environmental Justification

Tax Dollars for Iowa Ethanol Producers

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