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More Taxes? Gulp! Or Maybe Big Gulp.

More Taxes? Gulp! Or Maybe Big Gulp.

This November the residents of Berkeley, California, will vote on a first-of-its-kind tax on distributors of sugar-sweetened beverages. At 1-cent-per-ounce, a typical six-pack of soda would increase $1.44, a more than 22 percent increase. The price of a Big Gulp would...
Pugilistic Manner or Performance Management?

Pugilistic Manner or Performance Management?

“It’s hard to believe that in today’s business environment, many organizations are still employing practices that not only don’t work but can also harm people. In these organizations, it’s typical for leaders to set the numbers and then monitor results to determine if...
Rescue Consumers from Internet Tax Now

Rescue Consumers from Internet Tax Now

The number of working days remaining in the current congressional session, which ends in December, is quickly dwindling, especially given the mid-term elections and the accompanying politics. On the must-do list should be protecting the Internet from multiple or...
Extend, Then Reform

Extend, Then Reform

By Bartlett D. Cleland Sooner or later the time comes when you just have to get the job done. Wrapping up the first quarter of the year and still Congress has not moved on the “tax extenders package.” It is well past time to do so and end another government stumbling...
The U.S. Economy on the GO

The U.S. Economy on the GO

By Bartlett D. Cleland Last summer the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) began to track “R&D for entertainment, literary and artistic originals as fixed investment,” and created a new investment category of “intellectual property products,”...