CEI Today: Alcohol taxes, IMF carbon taxes, and unfunded budget mandates

ALCOHOL TAXES - ANGELA LOGOMASINI


Openmarket.org: Who Profits From Alcohol Taxes?

 

While there appears to be no acceptable level of alcohol consumption to participants at the Alcohol Policy 16 Conference, which met last week in Arlington, Virginia, they certainly don’t mind profiting from people who dodrink. During a discussion on alcohol tax policy, these “public health advocates” discussed ways to hike the rates as much as possible and earmark the funds to their own organizations.


I thought we’d hear about research related to the impact of taxes on alcohol abuse. For example: Do higher taxes really reduce alcohol abuse or do they simply punish all alcohol consumers? The answer to that question appeared not to matter. The entire discussion revolved around how to lobby for taxes and profit in the process. > Read the full commentary

 

> See also: Alcohol Regulation Roundup: April 10, 2013


> Interview Angela Logomasini

IMF CARBON TAX - MARLO LEWIS


Globalwarming.org: IMF Pushes Carbon Tax as Energy Subsidy “Reform”

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently published a report urging the world’s governments to “reform” energy subsidies estimated at $1.9 trillion in 2011. Eliminating government policies designed to rig markets in favor of particular energy companies or industries is a worthy goal. Unfortunately, that’s not the agenda the IMF is pushing. > Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis

CEI Podcast For April 11, 2013: Reining in Unfunded Mandates


Vice President for Policy Wayne Crews warns that the higher the deficit goes, the more tempted the federal government is to resort to unfunded mandates, which don’t appear on the federal budget. He also discusses a reform bill from Rep. Virginia Foxx that would increase transparency and oversight over unfunded mandates, and suggests further reforms.

> Interview Wayne Crews

 

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