Scott Klinger

Scott Klinger is an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. He was previously the Director of Revenue and Spending Policies at the Center for Effective Government.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 11:15am
Where Has All the Money for Our Schools Gone?
As fall approaches, millions of moms and dads are scrambling to prepare for the first day of school, excited to support their children’s success. But are schools ready to receive our kids and foster that success? Increasingly, the answer is no. In at least 18 states, local government funding levels...
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Friday, April 15, 2016 - 11:15am
Five Taxpayer-Supported Corporations that Paid Their CEOs More than Uncle Sam
As Americans put the finishing touches on their taxes, it’s a good time to look at the taxes highly profitable U.S. corporations don’t pay. Even though corporations are still in the process of reporting their 2015 CEO compensation, filings to date reveal that more than 60 Fortune 500 corporations...
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Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 11:00am
7 Things You Didn’t Know About The Ultra Rich
Each year, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) publishes data on the collective income of the 400 taxpayers who report the most income on their tax returns. At the end of December, the IRS released cumulative data for the top 400 for the tax year 2013 . The delay in reporting is because tax returns...
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Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - 10:45am
The Tax-Dodging Marriage of Viagra and Botox
Throughout the fall, Pfizer, the maker of Viagra, has been courting Allergan, the manufacturer of Botox. Pfizer was not attracted by Allergan’s wrinkle-free face or full lips, but by its Irish “citizenship.” In its proposal to Allergan, the Viagra-maker whispered, “If we get together, we can really...
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Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 2:30pm
Don’t Pave Our Potholes with Corporate Tax Cuts
Life was different in the 1990s. Back in ‘93, a lucky few used dial-up Internet to access one of 800 websites available worldwide. Smart phones were a distant dream. The TV dinosaur Barney had just started “edutaining” America’s children. And gas cost about $1.30 a gallon — including 18.4 cents in...
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Monday, July 20, 2015 - 11:45am
For Love or Profit? The Different Worlds of the Pope and the President
President Obama is desperate to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, marshalling most Republicans and some Democrats last month to narrowly push through a pact that was earlier defeated in the House. Pope Francis is eager to save the earth, “our common home” from unbridled economic...
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Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 7:00am
Subsidizing the Idle Rich While Poor Kids Go Hungry
To hear some politicians tell it, America’s welfare system is facing a grave crisis: Millions of poor people, they say, are idling away their time eating lobster and relaxing on cruises. Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, for example, recently signed welfare reform rules banning people receiving public...
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 3:45am
From Class to Caste: How Congress Is Set to Accelerate Inequality by Repealing the Estate Tax
This week the Republican-controlled House of Representatives plans to pass legislation that would accelerate inequality ensuring today’s merely wealthy become tomorrow’s obscenely rich. Those who want to repeal the estate tax have labeled it “the death tax,” but they couldn’t be further from the...
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Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 8:30am
Burning Our Bridges: Failing Infrastructure in the Age of Corporate Tax-Dodging
To generate funds to shore up our nation’s crumbling infrastructure, the U.S. Congress is considering giving corporations large tax cuts on their offshore profits. Under current law, corporations can defer U.S. tax payments on overseas earnings until they bring the profits to the United States. The...
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Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 1:00pm
Walmart Workers to Earn $10 an Hour; Walmart Heirs "Earn" $445,776 an Hour
Over the last three years, strikes and pickets by Walmart’s low-wage employees have steadily expanded. Last Black Friday, protests were staged at more than 1,000 Walmart stores across the U.S. Dozens of employees were arrested. Late last month, the nation’s largest private employer finally...
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