Drones, Taxation, Speaking Like a Fourth-Grader and More

Posted on January 30, 2019

Tax Expenditure Sunset Act: All government spending should receive the same scrutiny. And yet, while budget line items are reviewed and adjusted every year, there are insufficient mechanisms for reviewing tax expenditures. The Tax Expenditure Sunset Act requires that all new tax expenditures automatically expire in five years unless renewed, and all preexisting tax expenditures be reviewed.

Speak more simply!: This is not going to surprise you, but Donald Trump speaks like a fourth-grader according to the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level metric. Perhaps that is one of the reasons why he won non-college educated White voters by a margin of nearly 40 percent? Instead of talking like Carter, Clinton and Obama (9th or 10th grade level), perhaps we should be more like Bush and Bush (6th or 7th grade). For more, read the latest IdeaLog, our blog intended to raise eyebrows and engage minds.

Voicing Our Values – How to talk about taxation: This is the twelfth segment in our podcast series, which you can listen to at your convenience. It explains messages and narratives you should use when talking about taxation. To listen or download the podcast click here.

Drone Laws & Regulations – The Complete Guide: Drones are a problem around airports, in restricted airspace, and in nature and recreational areas. This is a listing of current federal and state laws and regulations that apply in your jurisdiction.

Who Pays: A Distributional Analysis of the Tax Systems in All 50 States: This is the sixth edition of an invaluable book from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. It tells you exactly what’s the problem with taxation in your own state.

Handbook for a Post-Roe America: Journalist Robin Marty’s new book, which provides a range of individual and political strategies in preparation for a reversal of Roe v. Wade, includes reprints of two PLI model bills: the Women’s Equality, Dignity and Fairness Act and the Pregnant Women’s Dignity Act.