Roland Stephen

Vision, ideas, and communication for effective public policy


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    On the Books

    Thursday, July 14th, 2011

    Amazon has opened a major new offensive against the sales tax in California. It is using California’s lamentable process for passing ballot items directly into state law as a way to prevent sales tax being imposed on its customers who reside in the state. They couch this initiative as an effort to protect jobs, investment [...]

    Knowledge Versus Power

    Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

    Karl cites this excellent list from Scott Sumner which identifies crucial but too-little examined policy challenges facing the U.S.: I completely agree with Sumner on this list, and look at as a guide to winning the future. His six issues are: 1. The huge rise in occupational licensing. 2. The huge rise in people incarcerated [...]

    The Mess in Texas

    Thursday, January 20th, 2011

    Texas is in a budget crunch, same as the rest of the country, but its origins lie, in part, in a massive tax overhaul that occurred in 2006: The goal was to cut property taxes without costing the state any money. Perry designed a “tax swap” that would reduce property taxes and replace the lost [...]