CEI Today: Internet sales tax, Iron Man vs Musicians Union, and lessons from austerity

INTERNET SALES TAX - MICHAEL GREVE

Forbes: The Internet Sales Tax Reveals Its Foolish Head Yet Again


They’re at it again: On Monday, the U.S. Senate voted 74-20 to proceed with debate on the “Marketplace Fairness Act.”

But, so long as we live with state and local tax autonomy, neutrality is impossible. Any move in that direction—by means of destination taxation—will entail huge compliance costs.
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IRON MAN & THE UNION - MATT PATTERSON

Workplacechoice.org: Iron Man vs. The Musicians Union


Can the Iron Avenger triumph over a new nemesis stalking his box office prospects? The American Federation of Musicians (AFM), it appears, is unhappy with Marvel Studios and its parent company Disney for using–gasp!–non-American musical talent to score their blockbuster hits Iron Man 3, and last year’s The Avengers. >Read more

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AUSTERITY - MATTHEW MELCHIORRE

Investor's Business Daily: U.S. Should Copy Estonia, Which Made Austerity Work

Another month of disappointing job numbers is a painful reminder that the U.S. economy is struggling after almost five years of fiscal and monetary stimulus.

For a better way forward, let's look at Estonia, which took its medicine as soon as the global financial crisis broke. It cut government spending relatie to its pre-crisis level drastically — 2.8% in 2009 and 9.5% in 2010 — and is now one of Europe's fastest growing economies.
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April 25, 2013: Regulations Are Less Than Transparent


Every year, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) releases a report on the costs and benefits of the previous year’s new regulations. This year’s report was just released. Vice President for Policy Wayne Crews points out that the report ignores three quarters of all agencies and includes the costs of fewer than one half of one percent of last year’s regulations.


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