Andrew Wilford

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

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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Yes, the Statutory Corporate Tax Rate Matters — It Drives Cronyism

 

As Congress prepares to take up tax reform, a major issue will be the corporate tax rate. To many, the debate that will ensue will appear familiar. To advocate for corporate tax cuts, Republicans will point out that the United States has the highest statutory corporate tax rate among major economies . Democrats, on the […]

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Steel Protectionists Ignore Recent History

 

President Trump’s Commerce Department is considering whether to impose restrictions on foreign imports of steel. Such a weighty decision will affect the economic conditions of millions of Americans, so one would hope that the administration is relying on input from impartial experts with the best interests of all Americans in mind, right? Not necessarily — […]

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Another Shady Side of Solar

 

Here’s a dilemma for you: what does President Trump do when the solar panel manufacturing industry asks for trade protection? That’s not just a humorous exploration into Trump’s trade philosophy, it’s a real question that could soon come to his desk in the Oval Office. Though Trump has never been gun-shy on imposing tariffs against […]

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Keeping Up With the Jones Act

 

Imagine, for a moment, that there was a law that required goods moved between two American ports be transported on American ships that were built within the United States. Not a restriction on what ships could transport goods from a foreign port to an American port, simply a restriction on what ships could move cargo […]

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Seattle’s Ridesharing Ordinance Is So Behind the Times

 

Seattle’s ordinance allowing Uber and Lyft drivers to unionize cleared a legal hurdle last week as a District Court judge dismissed an attempt by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to block the ordinance from being implemented. Supporters of the ordinance have justified it by offering up the usual trite narrative about a powerful company using its legal power […]

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