Tag: ‘carbon tax’

Everything You Should Know about Taxing Carbon

By :: June 25th, 2015

Climate change is hot. From the pope’s encyclical to the upcoming United Nations conference in Paris, leaders are debating how to slow and eventually stop the warming of our planet. We economists think we have an answer: put a price on carbon dioxide and the other gases driving climate change. When emissions are free, businesses, […]

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“We’re [still] on a road to nowhere.”

By :: June 12th, 2015

What might happen to federal highway funding? Clues next week? Both tax-writing committees will hold hearings on long-term funding for the Highway Trust Fund. The House Ways & Means Committee will hold its hearing on Wednesday. The Finance panel will meet on Thursday. The Fund currently relies on the 18-cents-per-gallon federal gasoline tax but spending […]

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What’s Up With the No Climate Tax Pledge?

By :: June 2nd, 2015

Do you know about the No Climate Tax pledge? I didn’t until I read a column over the weekend by the Washington Post’s always-interesting Catherine Rampell. The vow is sponsored by Americans for Prosperity, a conservative political advocacy group closely associated with the Koch brothers. And it was something of a big deal a couple […]

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Could a Carbon Tax Finance Corporate Rate Cuts?

By :: April 23rd, 2015

How about using revenue from a carbon tax to help pay for corporate tax rate cuts? That’s the idea proposed yesterday by Rep. John Delaney (D-MD). His political calculation: Democrats would back the bill as a way to reduce carbon emissions and slow climate change. Republicans would support the plan to cut corporate tax rates […]

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On Some States of Business Taxation and a US Carbon Tax Swap

By :: April 23rd, 2015

In Nevada, the GOP governor’s $1 billion business tax hike wins support. The state senate passed Governor Brian Sandoval’s plan to shift the state’s flat $200 business license fee to a version of a gross receipts tax. According to the measure, which would raise nearly $1 billion over 2 years, the state’s largest firms would […]

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All's Fair in Love and Taxes... Or Not.

By :: January 8th, 2015

Et tu, Utah? GOP leaders want to increase the state’s gasoline tax. The state faces an $11 billion budget gap for transportation projects slated through 2040. Its House GOP caucus has endorsed an increase of as much as 10 cents a gallon in the state’s gasoline tax. They’re even willing to tie the tax to […]

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Cap and Trade Plans, Tax Deadlines, and Rate Drops

By :: January 5th, 2015

Washington Governor Jay Inslee proposes a statewide cap and trade program. The Democrat released details of his carbon pollution market program that would give the state’s Department of Ecology authority to set annual goals aimed at reducing emissions to half of 1990 levels. Inslee would extend the state’s sales tax exemption for alternative fuel vehicles, […]

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Votes and Consequences

By :: November 24th, 2014

With Congress away, the Daily Deduction will not publish for the rest of the week. We’ll be back as usual on Monday, December 1. Happy Thanksgiving!   In California, a tax increase breeds a budget battle and tuition hike. In 2012, Democratic Governor Jerry Brown successfully campaigned for reelection and Proposition 30: A tax increase […]

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Bigger, Cleaner, and More Efficient: A Carbon-Corporate Tax Swap

By :: November 21st, 2014

The Cato Institute has organized an online forum to debate pro-growth economic policy reforms. Tax Policy Center scholars Bill Gale, Donald Marron, and Eric Toder have each contributed to the discussion. The United States could reduce its contribution to global climate change and increase domestic prosperity by taxing emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse […]

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Liability, Math, and Budget Crunches

By :: November 13th, 2014

Can a state tax all of the income of its residents, wherever it is earned? The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday in Comptroller v. Wynne. A decision will answer whether residents of one state are liable for taxes on income earned in another state, even if that income has already been taxed. If […]

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