Andrew Wilford

Andrew Wilford is an Associate Policy Analyst with the National Taxpayers Union Foundation. Follow him on Twitter here.

A Pretty Cheesy Subsidy

 

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 help solve if it were), consider how we solve it — with your tax dollars. […]

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The Fishy Practices of the Catfish Lobby

 

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 your local Natural History museum. But lobbyists for the domestic catfish industry are some of […]

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Reagan’s Prescient Warnings About the D.C. Metro

 

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 it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” I’m not sure […]

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The Supreme Court Just Gave States More Tax Power

 

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 decades’ worth of precedent on what constitutes “nexus,” or a taxable presence in a state. […]

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Fear Not, D.C. Servers! They’re From the Government, and They’re Here to Help!

 

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 electorate convinced you can wave a legislative wand and raise wages with no negative byproduct. […]

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All Commodities Are Equal — But Some Are More Equal Than Others

 

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 — the government offers extra-special goodies to the farmers producing certain commodities. We’ve looked at […]

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Seattle Backs Off Its Employee Head Tax

 

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 Foundation analysis noted, other cities soon followed suit with their own EHT plans — proof […]

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Honolulu’s Cap on Surge Pricing Is a Terrible Idea

 

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 said, it’s kind of like democracy — it’s the worst system, except for all the […]

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The Other Government-Controlled Insurance System

 

A few weeks ago, we looked into the state of commodity programs from the perspective of farmers. We found that farmers tend to make a great deal of money off these “insurance” programs, as they are designed to function more as subsidies than a safety net. But that pales in comparison to the cronyism involved […]

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D.C. Servers Beg City to “Save Our Tips”

 

Another day, another restaurant with black-and-green “Save Our Tips” signs plastered all over. It’s become a common experience for me as a denizen of The Swamp to see these signs whenever I go to a restaurant or bar in the nation’s capital. Outside groups are trying to subject D.C. servers to a minimum wage that […]

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