Newspaper Articles – Steve Stanek

Supreme Court's Harris Ruling Could Affect All Government Unions

In barring state governments from forcing home caregivers to join a labor union, the U.S.

Blame Government Policies, Not Companies, for Reincorporating Abroad

Recent corporate mergers and acquisitions – and talk of more in the works – have some Americans, including federal legislators, accusing the companies of being “unpatriotic,” “freeloaders,” and “av

Study: More Harm Than Good from Targeted Business Incentives

Although most empirical studies on tax incentives “find that they have little or no effect on employment or the economy as a whole,” states and local governments have been steadily increasing the n

Despite Losing in Court, IRS Still Trying to Regulate Tax Preparers

One week after the federal court victory of three independent tax return preparers over the IRS became final, thus blocking the IRS from imposing a licensing scheme on hundreds of thousands of tax

Missouri Legislators Override Veto, Approve Income Tax Cuts

Missouri legislators in May overrode the veto of Gov. Jay Nixon (D) to enact the state’s first income tax cut in nearly 100 years.

Debt Surges for Older Americans, Threatening Retirements, CFPB Says

“Rising mortgage debt is threatening the retirement security of millions of older Americans,” begins a report released today by the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Illinois Dems Drop Plans for Tax Surcharge, Progressive Income Tax

Democrat leaders in Illinois have given up their attempts—for now—to impose an income tax surcharge on high-income earners and create a “progressive” income tax to replace the current flat-rate tax

Critics Say FDA Out to Ruin the E-Cigarette Industry

E-cigarettes have no tobacco smoke but that hasn’t stopped the Food and Drug Administration from proposing rules to treat e-cigarettes much like tobacco-based cigarettes.

Utah Has Nation’s Best Economic Outlook, New York Worst

For the seventh consecutive year, Utah has been ranked as the state with the best economic outlook by the authors of Rich States, Poor States, published by the American Legislative Exchang

Tennessee Moves to End Tax on Dividend Income

Tennessee legislators are considering a bill to phase out the state’s 6 percent tax on dividend and other investment income. Tennessee already has no tax on wages or salaries.