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It’s a simple, powerful idea: Let people keep more of their own money, and they’ll put it to work in thousands of ways, boosting the economy and setting the stage for long-term growth. Goldwater’s policy research shows how broad, low taxes can drive long-term prosperity.

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  • Get the federal government out of the business of setting the minimum wage for all the states

    Posted on March 11, 2014 | Type: Blog | Author: Stephen Slivinski

    Once again the president is proposing something that will not generate the job growth that America needs. His latest proposal is to raise the national minimum wage from its current $7.25 an hour to $10.10 – which would likely kill 500,000 jobs, according to the Congressional Budget Office, because it prices low-skilled laborers out of the labor market.

  • States don’t have to wait for Congress to act on pro-growth tax reform

    Posted on February 20, 2014 | Type: Blog

    As 2013 drew to an end, so too did a number of key federal income tax provisions. Many of them were related to lightening the tax burden on businesses, and the ripple effects of these expirations could have real consequences throughout the country.


    Posted on January 09, 2014 | Type: Press Release

    Local Government Taxation on the Rise, as Special Districts Circumvent Spending Limits

  • Out of Sight: How Special Taxing Districts Circumvent Spending Limits and Decrease Accountability in Government

    Posted on January 09, 2014 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Stephen Slivinski

    Special taxing districts are all the rage. They are now the fastest growing form of government, even though they often operate out of sight and out of mind for most voters and taxpayers. These often unnoticed local governments have the power to tax and spend like municipalities and are set up to provide a specific service. They have contributed heavily to the overall growth of local government spending and debt loads, all while operating virtually behind the scenes and at a lower standard of accountability than traditional local governments. Many taxpayers don’t even realize they are paying taxes to these government-like entities. The number of special districts has grown rapidly because special districts are not subject to many of the spending and debt limits municipal governments face. This has encouraged local governments to circumvent those limits by creating more special districts. Statistical analysis of states and cities across the nation shows that the share of local spending attributable to special districts correlates strongly with more overall per capita local government spending.

  • Who’s Next on the IRS’s List?

    Posted on May 21, 2013 | Type: Blog | Author: Nick Dranias

    In upholding the federal health care law’s individual mandate as a tax, Chief Justice John Roberts reiterated Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes’ promise that “[t]he power to tax is not the power to destroy while this Court sits.” With the IRS’ recent targeted investigations of tea parties, balanced budget advocates, and constitutional study groups across the nation, the Chief Justice may soon have the opportunity to keep his promise.

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