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December 2013 edition: State/local budgets, local vendor preferences, sentencing reform, private corrections, managed lanes, and more
December 2013 edition: State/local budgets, local vendor preferences, sentencing reform, private corrections, managed lanes, and moreDecember 3, 2013
- STATE/LOCAL BUDGETS: New Reports Highlight Fiscal Shape of States, Cities
- CONTRACTING: Are Local Vendor Preferences a Good Thing?
- CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Reforming Mandatory Minimum Laws in Louisiana
- CORRECTIONS: Responding to Critiques of Correctional Privatization
- TRANSPORTATION: Reviewing the First Year of the I-495 Express Lanes
- FEDERAL: Divesting the Tennessee Valley Authority
- INNOVATORS IN ACTION: Pursuing Fiscal Self-Reliance in Utah
- News & Notes
Policies can reduce competition, increase costs to taxpayersDecember 3, 2013
Some municipal governments have adopted ordinances that give preferential treatment to local businesses in procurements, often via requirements that non-local bidders come in 3-10% lower on their pricing relative to their locally-based competitors. Elected officials often argue that such local preferences benefit cities by boosting local businesses and economic activity and increase municipal tax revenues. But is preferential treatment for local businesses a good thing in municipal contracting?
Hard-hit by Great Recession, states and local governments face ongoing fiscal pressuresDecember 3, 2013
Earlier this year, three separate reports by major national organizations suggested that states and local governments are going to face continued fiscal headwinds into the future. Two new reports by the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) and the Pew Charitable Trusts, respectively, shed additional light on the fiscal shape of state and local governments in the wake of the Great Recession and similarly suggest persistent fiscal pressures.
In the latest edition of Innovators in Action, Reason Foundation Director of Government Reform Leonard Gilroy interviews Utah State Rep. Ken Ivory on the rationale behind the Financial Ready Utah bills and the Transfer of Public Lands Act, the history of federal control of western lands, and much more.
Cutting the Debt Is Important to 96 Percent of Americans and 74 Percent Want a Government Spending Cap
Tired of red ink and politics as usual, 80 percent say they’d consider voting for a third-party or independent presidential candidate in 2012May 3, 2011
As the federal government rapidly approaches the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling, 96 percent of Americans say it is important to reduce the national debt, according to a new Reason Foundation-Rupe poll. Of those surveyed, 69 percent believe reducing the national debt is “very important.”
With the debt piling up, it is also clear that taxpayers do not trust the federal government to live within its means. In fact, the Reason-Rupe survey finds 74 percent of Americans support implementing a spending cap that would prohibit the government from spending more money than it takes in during a fiscal year. Only 19 percent oppose a government spending cap.
The most popular policy prescription for reducing the national debt is spending cuts: 45 percent of people say Congress should bring down the debt by reducing spending without raising taxes. Another 16 percent favor reducing the debt primarily through spending cuts, but are open to some tax increases; 14 percent prefer an equal emphasis on spending cuts and tax increases; 8 percent want to reduce the debt primarily through higher taxes with some spending cuts; 4 percent say current spending levels should be maintained and taxes should be raised as needed; and 1 percent of Americans say we shouldn’t do anything about the debt.
The Reason-Rupe poll included several open-ended questions that allowed respondents to voice concerns and share their own ideas. When asked to name the biggest problem facing America today, 30 percent say the economy, 23 percent emphasize jobs and unemployment, and 10 percent cite government spending, debts and deficits.
When given the opportunity to name any government program they’d like to spend less money on 22 percent of Americans suggest cutting military and defense spending.
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- College and Pro Football: A Massive Waste of Taxpayer Dollars
December 6th, 2013
- Cigarette Sin-Tax Hike Could Boost Black Markets
November 22nd, 2013
- French Government Deploys Devilishly Clever Plan To Piss Off Everybody in the Country
November 20th, 2013
- Pot's Black Market Backlash
November 17th, 2013
- Internet Privacy Groups Join Airbnb in Fight Against New York Attorney General
November 15th, 2013
- Sky-High Taxes and NIMBY Regulations: How Pot Legalization is Losing in Colorado and Washington
November 15th, 2013
- Government at Work: Handing Out Billions in Tax Refunds to Con Artists
November 11th, 2013
- Colorado Voters Approve Hefty Marijuana Taxes by Big Margins
November 6th, 2013
- Will Legalizing Pot Result in More or Less Drinking?
November 5th, 2013
- Don't Track Me, Bro! Glenn Reynolds on Mileage-Based Gas Tax
November 4th, 2013
- Colorado Counties Ban Sale of Marijuana, Want Share of Proposed State Sales Tax Anyway
October 29th, 2013
- Grover Norquist Says Taxing Pot Is Not a Tax Hike
October 25th, 2013
- Harry Reid: Everyone’s Willing to Pay More in Taxes Except Congressional Republicans
October 25th, 2013
- In Just One Month, Politicians Prove the Power To Govern Is the Power To Destroy
October 22nd, 2013
- Will Legal Pot Cost More Than Black-Market Pot?
October 21st, 2013
- How Much Will Legal Pot Cost in Washington?
October 21st, 2013
- Washington's Goal for State-Licensed Pot Shops: Just 25% of the Market?
October 17th, 2013
- Marijuana Money Muddle
October 15th, 2013
- Justice Department Declines to Endorse Pot Taxes (Except by Implication)
October 11th, 2013
- Will Colorado's Pot Taxes Preserve the Black Market?
October 10th, 2013
- Detroit Still Trying to Tax Business That Abandoned City 15 Years Ago
October 4th, 2013
- The Obamacare Shutdown Negotiations That Totally Aren’t Going to Happen Proceed with Sen. Durbin Floating Concessions on Medical Device Tax
October 1st, 2013
- U2's Bono Defends Himself for Not Paying Every Penny in Taxes he Could
September 23rd, 2013
- Moderate Reforms Don’t Prevent Immoderate Results
September 20th, 2013
- Audit Finds IRS Employees Don’t Follow Their Own Rules
September 15th, 2013
- Privatization & Government Reform Newsletter #2 (Dec 2013 edition) (12/3)
- Privatization & Government Reform Newsletter #2 (12/3)
- Are Local Vendor Preferences a Good Thing? (12/3)
- New Reports Highlight Fiscal Shape of States, Cities (12/3)
- Innovators in Action (November 2013 edition): Pursuing Fiscal Self-Reliance in Utah (11/27)
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