Trump’s alarming abuse of executive power

February 20, 2019 | The American Conservative

Trump’s national emergency declaration is worse than the 59 others declared by presidents since 1976 because it was employed to usurp the express power of the purse—the most important congressional check on executive abuses.

If even our senators are confused, then it’s time to end tax withholding

February 20, 2019 | The Washington Times

Liberal lawmakers have even cited the smaller refunds as evidence that the 2017 tax cuts were actually a ‘middle-class tax hike.’ That’s nonsense.

The curse of the withholding tax

February 20, 2019 | Mises Institute

The income tax allows the government to confiscate the wealth of its citizens. The curse of the withholding tax is that it allows the government to commit this crime systematically, effortlessly, painlessly, and benevolently.

$900 million Lincoln Yards tax subsidy set to advance despite calls for delay

February 20, 2019 | Block Club Chicago

The $6 billion Lincoln Yards development is set to advance Tuesday with the endorsement of the Community Development Commission — despite continued calls for delays from opponents … who contend the corruption scandal swirling around City Hall means the next mayor and City Council should decide the fate of the project along the North Branch of the Chicago River.

Pritzker says balanced plan a priority; first budget speech Wednesday

February 20, 2019 | The Pantagraph (Illinois)

Pritzker campaigned in 2018 on a promise to balance the state’s budget while at the same time increasing funding for education, addressing the state’s underfunded pension systems, paying down the state’s $8 billion backlog of unpaid bills and making new investments in the state’s roads, bridges and other public infrastructure. But what, exactly, constitutes a “balanced” budget can be open to interpretation.

Pritzker’s budget proposal spends more, but no new tax hikes in first year

February 20, 2019 | Illinois News Network

Dan Mitchell, chairman for the Center for Freedom and Prosperity, said the governor's proposals lack changes that would lower the cost of Illinois' bloated government enough to stem the state's continuing population losses.

White House science chief: ‘We don’t really have a clue’ about number of AI researchers

February 20, 2019 | Federal News Network

President Donald Trump, through an executive order he signed last Monday, doubled down on making artificial intelligence research a top priority for the public and private sectors.

National taxpayer advocate report doesn’t paint a pretty picture

February 20, 2019 | AccountingWeb

Among the other problems mentioned in the report, the NTA addressed the need for taxpayer questions to be answered year round, especially those relating to the TCJA, as well as broadening the scope of what constitutes an allowable question.

The trick of the Italian budget law

February 20, 2019 | The Corner (EU)

The compromise was eventually reached because the Italian government has curbed the three main electoral promises – citizenship income, abolishment of the pension reform and (for 2020 and 2021) safeguards on the value added tax (VAT).

CCC advises government against rolling over carbon budget surplus

February 20, 2019 | Utility Week (UK)

The Committee on Climate Change has issued “unequivocal advice” to the government not to carry forward an emissions surplus from the second carbon budget to subsequent accounting periods.

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