Archive for March, 2015

MyGovCost Updated!

Friday March 13th, 2015   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 8:06am PST   •   2 Comments

We’ve been busy behind the scenes here at the MyGovCost project at the Independent Institute, as we’ve just completed our major annual update to the MyGovCost Government Cost Calculator! The MyGovCost Government Cost Calculator is the only tool available for you, the ordinary taxpayer, to get a sense of what the U.S. government’s expected...
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Trends for Federal Taxes and Spending

Tuesday March 10th, 2015   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:44am PST   •   1 Comment

We’re going to summarize the biggest takeaway from the CBO’s latest update to its budget projections with a single chart: Note that the trend for revenues flattens out after 2016, when most of the tax hikes that are mandated as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. “Obamacare”) are fully implemented....
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The Shell Game Starts Again

Saturday March 7th, 2015   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 9:09am PST   •   4 Comments

Whenever the U.S. government’s cumulative spending reaches the point where the national debt racked up to support it nears the nation’s debt limit ceiling, it creates problems for the U.S. Treasury Department, because it has to resort to playing a shell game with the accounts it controls to keep the nation’s debt under that...
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Proposition 63 Pays Off At Last

Friday March 6th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 6:22am PST   •   2 Comments

As we recently noted, California’s Little Hoover Commission, a state watchdog, reported that the state cannot even document whether or not the $13.2 billion raised by Proposition 63 improved Californians’ lives. That is of interest because the 2004 measure, sponsored by Sen. Darrell Steinberg, was supposed to keep people off the street, out of...
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Bureaucrats Behaving Badly – A Follow-up

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 1:53pm PST   •   1 Comment

We’re returning to the troubles of EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy today, because she’s made the news again due to her oversight at the out-of-control government agency. CBS News reports: In the private sector, if you’re caught viewing porn on company time or intimidating a co-worker, you’d probably be fired immediately; not so if you’re...
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Monday March 2nd, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:40am PST   •   1 Comment

When government says it’s going to be “neutral” about something, taxpayers can’t go wrong thinking that precisely the opposite is the case. Consider, for example, the latest government power grab, disguised as “Internet Neutrality.” If government were indeed neutral it would leave the Internet alone. But under Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler, government...
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