Andrew Wilford

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

Do You Have a License for That Livelihood?

 

The Institute for Justice (IJ) recently released an updated edition of its report on the state of occupational licensing in the country. The report, which examines the licensing requirements for 102 different occupations across all fifty states and the District of Columbia, illustrates how licensed professionals cooperate with state legislators to make it increasingly difficult […]

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Whirlpool’s Dirty Laundry

 

“America First” apparently isn’t supposed to apply to American workers who don’t work for an American company. At least, it’s hard not to reach that conclusion based on recent events surrounding washing machine manufacturer Whirlpool’s complaint to the United States International Trade Commission (ITC). In agreeing to protect an American company from competition, the ITC […]

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Robert Reich Misses the Point Again

 

Crony capitalism is one of the biggest problems the American economy faces today. In order to gain an artificial advantage over competitors, cronyistic businesses push for economically damaging regulations, restrictions on trade, and market-distorting subsidies and tax breaks. Confronting such a wide-ranging epidemic requires that Americans have a strong grasp of how crony capitalism manifests […]

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Puerto Rico Electric Grid Repair Deal Smells Fishy

 

Puerto Rico is still in the midst of a crisis. Though many Americans’ attention has moved onwards, 75 percent of the island remains without power. The amount of time it has taken to restore power to Puerto Rican residents’ homes is staggering. At 1.25 billion customer hours of service lost, Hurricane Maria has now caused […]

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Boeing’s Tariff Fiasco

 

Sometimes trade issues are heavily nuanced, requiring a great deal of understanding of complicated economic relationships. But other times trade issues are just one corporation trying to gut-punch another because it can. Boeing’s recent attempt to hit a rival with tariffs is good example. The conflict between the two aircraft giants originated with Boeing’s move […]

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Naval Shipyard Marketer Defends Shipyard Cronyism

 

A recent op-ed in the Federalist written by Greg Jose raises significant questions about whose interests representatives of the domestic shipping industry are primarily concerned. When Jose argues that the Jones Act should be kept around, is it because he thinks the Act benefits his country or his company? According to his byline, Jose is […]

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Wondering How Tax Reform Will Affect You?

 

Tax reform is moving forward, which is good news for individuals and businesses burdened by a complex and inefficient tax code. Yet with the release of the Big Six tax reform framework last week, many Americans had three questions: Will I pay more or less next year? Who will benefit most from tax reform? What […]

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No, Trump’s Tax Plan Doesn’t Raise Taxes on Low-Income Americans

 

Headline writers beware: statutory tax rates require context. And writing headlines about them without it makes you look silly. Often, in a rush to be the first to break a story, reporters will make assumptions and report information without context. The result is often misleading or inaccurate coverage. The same seems to be happening with […]

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The Age of Corporate Welfare Is Upon Us

 

Asked to describe the notable political themes during the Trump presidency so far, the average American would likely mention political polarization, escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula, and debates over health care policy. One theme they likely would not mention would be the rise of corporate welfare. Wealthy corporations receiving unnecessary, targeted tax breaks is […]

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Amazon Doesn’t Need Another Tax Break

 

Amazon is building a new headquarters, and it wants you to pay for it. That’s the gist of Amazon’s solicitation of bids for its second HQ, which sets up a reverse auction encouraging cities to bid against each other with more significant targeted tax breaks for the retail giant. The economic benefits Amazon offers may […]

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