Economy & Budget

Taxes on soda regressive, won't improve public health

In recent weeks the city of Philadelphia attracted media attention by passing a regressive excise tax that will raise the price of almost every product in the beverage aisle. Not only is the tax against the law and likely to be overturned in...

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Calling on Congress to invest in results

As the daughter of long-time U.S. Sen. Jacob Javits, I feel frustrated that the political climate is stymied in advancing proven solutions to our country’s biggest problems.  When confronting my father about things that did not reflect our...

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We need a fiscal state of the nation

This weekend we celebrated America’s independence with barbeques, parades and fireworks.  For 240 years our experiment in democracy has shown the world that a government governed by the people can...

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What payday loans mean to me

In February, I was given the unlikely opportunity to testify before Congress on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) proposed small-dollar lending rule. My testimony was unlikely because I grew up in public housing, spent time in...

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Stop bullying small businesses

In the never-ending search for new revenues to fill state coffers, South Dakota has approved a troubling new tax law. The law is in direct defiance of the Supreme Court and settled case law, and what’s...

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Separating Social Security truth from fantasy

Politicians seem to think they can promise anything, so long as younger generations will be around to foot the bill. Case in point: President Obama became the latest politician to call for upping how much the federal government pays out to...

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