Tag Archives: tax policy

Estate Tax good. American aristocracy bad.

During the last Bush Presidency, as you may recall, there was a coordinated campaign to eliminate the Estate Tax, which has existed in some form in the United States since the 18th century. Rebranding it the “Death Tax” under the guidance of Republican pollster Frank Luntz, wrote that the term “kindled voter resentment in a […]

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Walgreen’s, tax inversions, and the big question of the day… “Why does corporate America hate America?”

Over the last decade, according to a May 27 report on corporate expatriation issued by the Congressional Research Service, 47 American companies have moved their headquarters abroad over the past decade, at least in some nominal sense, in order to avoid paying taxes. And the numbers, according to Ranking Member of the House Ways and […]

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The arguments for and against Michigan’s Proposal 1

Those of you voting in Michigan today will be confronted by a terribly confusing ballot item called Proposal 1, or the Michigan Use Tax and Community Stabilization Share. Boiled down to its essentials, the legislation, if passed, would phase out the Personal Property Tax (PPT) currently paid on industrial and commercial personal property, and shuffle […]

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What’s up with the Ypsilanti street light fee?

I don’t generally take requests, but, seeing as how we haven’t talked for some time about how the tax burden in Michigan is increasingly shifting onto the backs of the poor and middle class, I thought that I’d take this suggestion for a post that was sent in last night, and run with it… Here, […]

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Middle class Michiganders to pay considerably more in taxes despite the anti-tax rhetoric of Lansing Republicans

Reading an article in the Detroit Free Press this evening about how taxes are going up precipitously on working class Michiganders, I’m reminded of something that I wrote about a year ago for this site. Here’s how my post began. Why is it that we allow the Republicans to refer to themselves as the anti-tax […]

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