Posts Tagged ‘regressive taxation’

  • The Sugary Beverage Debate

    More Soda Wars

    Aug 14, 12 • 363 Views • No Comments

    If you lived in Richmond, California, would you vote yes or no for their proposed soda tax? The tax is unusual because it does not charge people at the register. Instead, retailers would have to pay a license fee that is based on how many ounces of SSBs......  [read more]

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    How Much is $250,000?

    Jun 29, 11 • 378 Views • No Comments

    Told that someone earns $250,000 a year, you should ask, “Where do you live?” According to CNN, you would need to earn $545,000 in Manhattan to spend what $250,000 will buy in Missoula, Montana. On this map, you can see how your cost of living......  [read more]

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    A VAT For Pretzels?

    Apr 18, 10 • 484 Views • No Comments

    The Senate just said “No” to a VAT. Disagreeing, Paul Volcker sort of said “Yes” when he observed that a VAT is “not as toxic an idea” as we once believed. Suddenly everyone seems to be talking about a VAT. Here......  [read more]

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    Taxing Decisions

    Apr 10, 10 • 392 Views • No Comments

    Some people believe that government spends more when it has an affluent population to pay for it.  In a recent NY Times column, David Leonhardt presents a slightly different perspective. Instead, he says that because we are a more affluent society,......  [read more]

  • A Very Expensive Traffic Ticket

    Jan 30, 10 • 392 Views • No Comments

    Recently, in eastern Switzerland, an affluent driver who was exceeding the speed limit by more than 35 miles an hour received a ticket. The ticket sounds like a predictable penalty; the fine, however, was not. The fine totalled $290,000 because it was based......  [read more]