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Sacramento considering social impact investmentJuly 25, 2014
"Pay-for-success" isn't exactly what comes to mind when thinking of how California government spends tax dollars, so we take special notice when legislators in Sacramento pass bills based on the concept.
Earlier this year the Senate passed - and the Assembly is now considering - Senate Bill 593, which would create a new "pay-for-success" pilot program for social impact partnerships. The idea is for the government to tap private sector dollars and expertise to advance new, evidence-based approaches to better address issues like child abuse and neglect, education, homelessness and recidivism.
Smart contracting of government functions isn't a "race to the bottom"July 14, 2014
Despite decades of proven successes, privatization (along with its cousins, public-private partnerships and outsourcing) is often a contentious subject, as evidenced by a recent article on a report from In the Public Interest (ITPI). The report suggests privatization prompts a race to the bottom in terms of service quality and employee impacts. Yet, while there are certainly cases where privatization fails to meet expectations, there are also many success stories that do not generate headlines.
High taxes and stringent regulations make California undesirable for many peopleJuly 1, 2014
Simply put, California: I just can't take it anymore. All the taxing, spending and regulating hasn't led to a better quality of life. Maybe someday the state will once again value freedom and the entrepreneurial spirit. I hope so. But in the meantime, my family and I, like so many other successful Californians, are outta here.
How governments and agencies are using market-based policies to improve services, become more efficient and reduce costsJune 30, 2014
Edited by Reason Foundation's Leonard Gilroy, the Innovators in Action 2014 series profiles a range of innovators who have demonstrated leadership through action on privatization, competition, government re-invention and other market-based policy reforms designed to reduce the costs of government and deliver more value to taxpayers. Innovator interviews or self-penned articles will be added on a monthly basis throughout the year, so be sure to check back frequently for new content.
Explaining the apparent inconsistency in Americans' preference for both policiesJune 27, 2014
Reason-Rupe national telephone surveys find about two-thirds of voters consistently support tax hikes on upper-income households. But the most recent Reason-Rupe poll finds a similar share, 62 percent, favor a flat tax in which everyone would pay the same percentage of their income in taxes. So what explains the apparent inconsistency between implementing a flat tax and raising taxes on the rich?
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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July 28th, 2014
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July 25th, 2014
- Does Mary Poppins Want a Higher Minimum Wage Or Lower Taxes?
July 25th, 2014
- Obama Is Calling for 'Economic Patriotism'. Don't Listen.
July 18th, 2014
- Moving Your Company Overseas Is So Evil, Jack Lew Would Ban it in the Past!
July 16th, 2014
- Feds Take a Sudden Interest in Busting Home Distillers
July 15th, 2014
- IRS Fines Marijuana Merchants for Refusing to Commit a Felony
July 11th, 2014
- What's the Ideal Job for an Identity Thief? IRS Tax Examiner!
July 10th, 2014
- Millennials Prefer Small Government if Large Government Requires High Taxes
July 10th, 2014
- 'Inversion' and Economic Patriotism as the Last Refuge of Stupid Pundits and Lazy Politicians
July 8th, 2014
- Hillary Clinton: She Works Hard for the Money
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June 25th, 2014
- Hard Drive Containing Ex-IRS Official Lois Lerner’s Emails Reportedly Destroyed. Were There Server Backups?
June 19th, 2014
- Chicago Offers Citizens $100 to Tattle on Cigarette Tax Cheats. For the Children!
June 18th, 2014
- Tax Fight on Right Turns Nasty
June 16th, 2014
- Five Libertarian Lessons in HBO's Game of Thrones
June 16th, 2014
- Hurricane Season Sales Tax Holidays: Save Now, Pay Later
June 6th, 2014
- Soda Tax Proposal Falls Flat in Illinois
May 27th, 2014
- IRS Sets Sights on Frequent Flyer Miles, Hotel Points
May 26th, 2014
- In the Market for a Chainsaw? It's Tax Free in Virginia Next Week
May 23rd, 2014
- Uruguay Understands You Can’t Tax Legal Weed If You Want to Undercut Black Market
May 23rd, 2014
- 8 Puzzling Sales Tax Rules
May 13th, 2014
- Texas Upholds $5-Per-Patron Strip Club Tax to Combat 'Social Ills Associated With This Type of Business'
May 12th, 2014
- Tax Breaks for Game Makers = EPIC FAIL
May 6th, 2014
- 'Pole Tax' Still Causing Trouble for Texas Strip Clubs
May 6th, 2014
- States Americans Want to Flee Kind of Suck on Freedom and Taxes
May 2nd, 2014
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