Whitney Afonso

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    Local sales taxes may be the answer for local governments in need of additional money to pay for increasing transportation costs.

Local sales taxes may be the answer for local governments in need of additional money to pay for increasing transportation costs.

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America’s infrastructure is frequently said to be in a sorry state, and the nation’s roads are no exception. Whitney Afonso points out that local governments are responsible for 3/4 of the country’s roadway miles. She argues that one way that counties and cities can fund road improvements is via introducing or increasing local sales taxes. There is good evidence, […]

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    A lack of transparency is leading to a fiscal illusion where citizens underestimate their tax burdens and the cost of government.

A lack of transparency is leading to a fiscal illusion where citizens underestimate their tax burdens and the cost of government.

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In recent years levels of public trust in government have fallen dramatically, at the same time as opposition to high levels of public spending has also grown. Whitney B. Afonso looks at the role of fiscal illusion in public support for government services. She writes that when citizens face multiple tax instruments including sales, excise, and property taxes, which […]

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