September 30, 2019, 7am PDT
The Chicago Tribune sends a message to the political leadership of Illinois and Chicago about population decline, and its causes.
June 3, 2019, 1pm PDT
San Jose, California is the latest city to consider raising its real property transfer tax to fund homeless programs.
March 27, 2019, 11am PDT
The nation's sole truck-only tolling program survived its first lawsuit after a federal judge dismissed litigation brought by the American Trucking Associations, ruling that the proper venue was state court. ATA believes it is unconstitutional.
March 14, 2019, 1pm PDT
A new tax on short-term rentals went into effect in New Jersey in October, so it hasn't had a chance to impact the summer tourism on the Jersey Shore yet.
December 16, 2018, 11am PST
A tax on bikes in the state of Oregon, implemented in 2017, generated less tan half of the revenue as was expected.
May 17, 2018, 10am PDT
It’s "dramatically higher" than any number under discussion, and not even close to what the city will raise with its new tax on large businesses.
May 15, 2018, 11am PDT
The Seattle City Council, prompted by pressure from Mayor Jenny Durkan, approved a smaller version of the "Head Tax" that provoked the ire of Amazon.
May 5, 2018, 11am PDT
Amazon, a company with cities throwing money at its feet all over the country, has decided to halt construction on an expansion in its hometown over a proposed "head tax."
April 5, 2018, 10am PDT
Legislation moving through the Massachusetts Legislature would implement the same tax on short-term rentals that already applies to hotels. Local jurisdictions would also be free to implement their own taxes on short-term rentals under the law.
March 22, 2018, 11am PDT
Though a handful of recent articles predicted "peak Silicon Valley," new numbers show the region is still producing lots of good jobs and attracting plenty of venture capital.
June 10, 2017, 9am PDT
In Cook County, which contains the city of Chicago and some of its suburbs, property values have been manipulated to disguise the value of homes, helping the rich at the expense of the poor (particularly poor minorities).
December 28, 2016, 8am PST
A proposal by House Republicans to overhaul U.S. tax law is gaining traction, aided by the certainty of the Trump Administration. Included among the proposed reforms are changes that could bring an end to a key benefit of home ownership.
August 31, 2016, 9am PDT
If you live in Detroit, Atlanta, Seattle, or Los Angeles, you have more to look forward to in November than choosing Donald or Hillary. Major decisions concerning regional transportation are on the line.
March 7, 2016, 9am PST
The Golden State attracts high-end workers, while its high housing costs cause a disproportionate number of low and middle income workers to flee the state. The non-profit think tank, Next 10, delves into this crisis in three new reports.
June 20, 2015, 11am PDT
Big-box retailers' new tactic to slash their taxes is the latest example of why cities are better off saying no to the boxes and cultivating Main Streets instead.
Institute for Local Self-Reliance
January 2, 2015, 1pm PST
The price of cars in the country of India will increase—a lot—as the government rolls back tax breaks.
November 27, 2013, 9am PST
A plan to eliminate a tax loophole on more than 10,500 vacant lots across New York City could help contribute to the mayor-elect's affordable housing goals.
August 21, 2013, 5am PDT
In an opinion piece for The Wall Street Journal, James Piereson and Naomi Schaefer Riley argue that its time for educational institutions to pay their fare share of taxes to support the communities in which they reside.
July 4, 2013, 1pm PDT
American reliance on property taxes leads to NIMBYism and periodic tax revolts, thus impeding both development and basic public services.
April 11, 2013, 3pm PDT
Some argue that if something is not directly contributing to our public coffers, why protect it? Perhaps it’s worth broadening our understanding of the services – and tax implications – provided by parks.