Bureaucratic Intransigence Hinders Montana’s Ability to Fight Wildfires

2015 is shaping up to be one of the most severe wildfire seasons in a decade for the American northwest and mountain states, prompting Montana Governor Steve Bullock to declare a state of emergency in Montana due to the number of fires already burning and the high fire danger throughout … »

Vermont’s Soft Drink Tax Is a Nightmare for Small Businesses

  Vermont consumers have an unwelcome surprise at the cash register: a new six-percent sales tax on their favorite soft drink. This session, Vermont passed $63 million in new taxes, including the soft drink tax, which imposes a heavy compliance cost on small business. Even more worrisome, the Vermont Department … »

State of the States Report: Pro-Taxpayer Innovation on the Rise

Nonpartisan fiscal watchdog group State Budget Solutions estimates total debt in the states is at least $5 trillion. Clearly, state governments need new solutions to address today’s fiscal problems. According to State of the States: An Analysis of the 2015 Governor’s Addresses, numerous governors proposed new ideas to help increase … »

High Stakes Rules For Nevada’s Education Savings Accounts

This post was written by Jonathan Butcher, who is education director at the Goldwater Institute and senior fellow at the Beacon Center. For 17 years, Fit Learning in Reno, Nevada has been tutoring students in a variety of subjects. Every child is different, and current director Donny Newsome, Ph.D., explains that … »