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Andrew Wilford
by | Jan 15, 2019

California housing prices are through the roof. The state’s median home price is already more than double that of the national average. In large part, this is due to restrictive zoning and a closed-minded attitude towards reform that has left…

by | Jan 15, 2019

The American sugar program is a strong contender for the poster child for crony capitalism. And this year, it’s up for reauthorization. The sugar program in the United States is cronyistic in four main ways. First, the federal government sets…

by | Jul 10, 2018

America is glutted with cheese. In fact, the size of the American cheese stockpile just hit an all-time high. And before you say that that doesn’t sound like much of a problem to you (or one you’d happily volunteer to…

by | Jun 29, 2018

Someone asked to make a list of lobbyists with the worst reputations on Capitol Hill probably wouldn’t add “the catfish lobby” in a million years. In fact, “the catfish lobby” sounds much more like the entrance to an exhibit at…

by | Jun 28, 2018

Thirty years after the end of his presidency, D.C. is still hard at work proving Reagan’s “Reaganisms” true. Last week it was “We’re from the government, and we’re here to help.” This week it’s “If it moves, tax it. If…

by | Jun 25, 2018

The Supreme Court just came out with its decision in a major case on taxation of internet sales. The result, for taxpayers and small businesses alike, is bad. In its decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, the Supreme Court overturned…

by | Jun 21, 2018

In one corner, you had nearly every major elected official, the editorial board of the largest newspaper, and nearly everyone affected by the measure. In the other corner, you had an advocacy group based in New York City and an…

by | Jun 14, 2018

Commodity programs are cronyism run amok. Government subsidies (paid for by your tax dollars, of course) protect farmers from reduced crop yield and changing market conditions, at a rate of $2.20 for every dollar they pay in. And that’s not all…

by | Jun 12, 2018

No one likes surge pricing. I can confidently say that there has never been a person who has opened up their Uber or Lyft app and seen that fares were 50 to 100 percent higher and thought, “Oh, good!” That…

by | Jun 12, 2018

A couple weeks ago we looked into the legislation coming out of Seattle to tax employers a flat rate for every employee they had on staff, a tax known as an employee head tax (EHT). As a National Taxpayers Union…

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