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Montana Voters Will Decide on Recreational Marijuana

Several states may legalize recreational marijuana in the coming years as the coronavirus pandemic has left many state budgets in disarray and policymakers looking for new revenue sources. Combined with a desire to decriminalize, the zeitgeist is ideal for marijuana legalization. Montana is one state that could legalize sooner rather than later as campaigners for […]

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Event announcement: Supreme Court in Review: View from the Press Gallery

Posted Fri, June 26th, 2020 1:00 pm by Kalvis Golde On June 30, 2020, from 3-4:30 p.m. ET, the Washington Council of Lawyers will host a discussion on the 2019-2020 Supreme Court term and the court’s future under COVID-19, led by a panel of veteran court reporters: Robert Barnes of the Washington Post, Joan Biskupic […]

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Opinion analysis: Court confirms limitations on federal review for asylum seekers

In a 7-2 decision, the Supreme Court in Department of Homeland Security v. Thuraissigiam upheld a scheme of limited and narrow judicial review over expedited removal, a bare-bones administrative process created under the 1996 Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act. Expedited removal allows an immigration official to make the immediate decision to deport a […]

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GAO Report Reveals Need to Simplify Next Round of Rebates

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a report revealing that almost a half-million taxpayers missed their total rebate payment due to complications over disbursing funds to non-filers with eligible dependents. Taxpayers who do not regularly file tax returns—usually those who do not owe tax because they earn lower incomes or who receive federal disbursements […]

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Improving the Tax Treatment of Residential Buildings Will Stretch Affordable Housing Assistance Dollars Further

A recent Brookings Institution study points out that “even before the COVID-19 crisis, housing affordability and instability were serious problems.” The study outlines a number of goals and strategies for increasing the supply of affordable housing, including federal subsidies, low-cost loans, and grants. These may well be viable solutions, but what is missing are policies […]

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European Countries Might Consider Scrapping the Bank Tax for Greater Financial Support

After the 2007-2008 financial crisis, countries were pressed to tax the financial sector to partly recover the fiscal assistance governments offered to support the sector. However, in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, some governments are seeking to cut bank taxes to enhance financial support to businesses and public investment projects. While still to […]

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Three Reasons Expanding Credits Aren’t the Best Pandemic Response for the Vulnerable

Tax policy wonks often advocate for increases in refundable tax credits (e.g., Child Tax Credit, CTC and Earned Income Tax Credit, EITC) and nonrefundable tax credits (Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit, CDCTC) as one solution to help low-income Americans. Arguments in favor of expanding these tax credits appear during economic expansions and contractions alike. […]

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Wine Taxes in Europe

This is the beginning of a map series in which we’ll explore different types of excise taxes, starting with excise duties on wine. If you have ever wondered about the tax consequences of opening a bottle of wine—yes, there is a tax angle to everything—today’s map will provide you with some insights. As one might […]

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How High are Wine Taxes in Your State?

Whether you’re a self-appointed connoisseur or an occasional sipper of chardonnay, you may not have thought about the taxes that go into your wine purchase. But now you can quench your newly found thirst for excise tax info with this week’s map, which compares wine taxes among the 50 states, expressed in dollars per gallon. […]

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Economic Analysis of Financing Options for Infrastructure Spending Proposals

As the economic recovery is debated amid the coronavirus pandemic, there have been growing calls to include additional public investment in infrastructure such as transportation, airports, buildings, and broadband. Many have argued that the United States has outdated infrastructure and that has weakened the nation’s economic productivity and global competitiveness. As policymakers start thinking about […]