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Government spending has dominated both the media and debate on Capitol Hill in recent weeks, with both parties becoming increasingly polarized and deadlocked, creating little progress in bringing the federal budget back in line. While much of the debate has revolved around the traditional topics of tax increases and discretionary spending, one area that has [...]

Price controls are bad policy. But when fundamental market structures are lacking, sometimes lawmakers and regulators must choose among imperfect options as they move slowly toward reform.

Despite recent increases, the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association’s rates still don’t pass actuarial muster.

Collateral reform and taxation of offshore cessions are legislative and regulatory trains that have been moving for years. They could be headed for a collision.

Risking the ire of his base, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg told a D.C. audience that deficit reduction plans should include treating hedge fund partners’ carried interest as ordinary income.

Letter from Washington: Simplifying tax code is important, too

by Eli Lehrer on November 8, 2011

The debate over higher or lower tax rates is important. But what you tax and how you tax it is just as important.

While Big Ag looks to hijack the Super Committee process, a new report proposes $80 billion could be saved by scrapping the crop program’s “revenue insurance” model.

Tax breaks and loopholes in the US tax code are a frequent debate point for both Republicans and Democrats, but are legislators truly seeking to close these tax breaks when many of them are adding even more, including President Obama himself? In a new article by Paige Winfield Cunningham in the Washington Times, Paige argues [...]

The Texas Windstorm Insurance Association is laying out its plan to cut costs with a more efficient and transparent system for legal expenses.

Letter from Washington: A flood floor vote, corporate taxation and Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 plan

by Eli Lehrer on October 18, 2011

Heartland Institute Vice President Eli Lehrer discusses the upside of 9-9-9, the downside of taxing corporations and the murky side of the flood insurance reform debate.

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