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The Dutch Try Something New: A Kilometer Tax

The Netherlands has taken the plunge on a very good idea. The Dutch cabinet recently announced a new “pay-as-you-drive” tax plan. The initiative, which is the first of its kind in the world and still awaits passage by Parliament, would introduce a three-cent tax for each kilometer driven in 2012, rising to 6.7 cents in…

Is Reid Wobbling on the “Cadillac Plan” Tax?

A New York Times editorial today threw its support behind a health reform provision that we've backed in the past: an excise tax on so-called Cadillac plans. But the Times' endorsement came on a weekend when prospects for the tax seemed to dim. On Thursday, it was reported that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (NV)…

Labor and the Excise Tax on Insurers

From today’s The Hill comes word that the AFL-CIO has fired another volley across the bow of Senate Democrats on the issue of the excise tax for high-cost health plans: AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka warned Senate Democratic leaders not to include a tax on high-cost healthcare plans in a bill that is expected to reach…

Defusing the Debt Bomb

When it comes to federal spending, America faces a dilemma that St. Augustine might have appreciated. It was the young Augustine who prayed that God would make him chaste, only not now. Likewise, Washington must rein in its galloping deficits and debt, but not now -- not when nearly 10 percent of Americans are jobless,…