Tax Reform

Americans are a hard-working bunch and should keep what they earn. Our ideas for tax reform reduce the burden of taxes while ensuring governments have the resources to focus on core responsibilities.

<p>Americans are a hard-working bunch and should keep what they earn. Our ideas for tax reform reduce the burden of taxes while ensuring governments have the resources to focus on core responsibilities. </p>

Part one of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged ends in despair, as the oil fields of entrepreneur Ellis Wyatt burst into flames. Wyatt Oil, once a successful business that created jobs and launched an economic Renaissance in the western United States, had fallen victim to stifling taxes and government regulation. No longer willing to surrender to bureaucrats, Wyatt abandons his once-thriving business.

An important driver of job growth is investment. Without investment, new businesses may not flourish or even see the light of day. And venture capital investment in technology start-ups is one of the highest-profile sources of new business births.

Recent polling shows that Americans’ number one concern about the economy is unemployment and the future of job growth. With Arizona’s unemployment rate at 9%, the need to set the stage for private sector growth is critical and job number one for policymakers.
 

At least one Arizona city understands that the key to economic growth is more freedom and lower costs levied on businesses.

Tuesday's Wall Street Journal editorial page engaged in a bit of triumphalism. The editors showed that their 2003 predictions of where monetary policy was leading were better than those of Ben Bernanke. Bernanke's comments at a 2003 meeting of the Board of Governors make clear that lots of detailed knowledge can just as easily addle a brain as create clear thinking.

Whether proposed by Republicans or Democrats, tax increases cost jobs. And some taxes are even worse for employment than others. That's what a recent economic analysis of Arizona's proposed tax increases by the Beacon Hill Institute demonstrates.

A $1 billion sales tax increase would cost Arizona 14,400 private jobs. A $1 billion state income tax increase would cost even more jobs, about 26,000. 

No later than June 30, Arizona's legislature and Governor Brewer have to agree on a budget for fiscal 2010 or the state government will shut down.

Every year, people and their income move between states. They move for a number of reasons, but there’s ample evidence that cost of living and its relationship to tax burdens are a factor.

Since 2001, the federal tax code allowed business owners to write off more of the investment they make in their company each year and, today, businesses can write off 100 percent of the capital investments they made this year. But if Congress and the President don’t act, that tax cut will end in January 2012. State policymakers, on the other hand, could offer a little certainty in their state income tax code by allowing businesses to immediately write-off on their taxes the full value of their new capital investments.

On November 10, 2011, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker keynoted the Goldwater Institute Annual Dinner.

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