The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Nov. 10 Policy Statement Regarding the Scope of Unfair Methods of Competition Under Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act—adopted . . .
Eric Fruits on Oregon’s Excess Revenues
President Joe Biden’s antitrust enforcers were desperate for a win. While claiming to be tough on antitrust, their track record has been far from impressive. . . .
ICLE’s reply comments on the Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) in the Matter of Accelerating Wireline Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment.
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ICLE Chief Economist Eric Fruits joined the City Club of Eugene show on NPR affiliate KLCC for a segment on the “kicker” certain Oregon households . . .
ICLE Chief Economist Eric Fruits appeared in a news segment on KATU-TV about a new tax that will fund services for the homeless in Metro . . .
ICLE Chief Economist Eric Fruits joined a discussion on KGW News in Portland, Oregon, about 2021’s delayed Tax Day, where state and federal taxes go, . . .
As the COVID-19 pandemic rolls on, leaving death and economic destruction in its wake, governments around the world have responded with massive ‘stimulus’ programs funded . . .
ICLE Comments Regarding European Commission Guidelines on Certain State Aid Measures in the Context of the System for Greenhouse Gas Emission Allowance Trading Post 2021
Emission trading programs have the potential dramatically to reduce the costs of abating pollution. When such programs are well designed, they can reduce abatement costs . . .
To fill an anticipated $876 million budget hole in the 2019-21 biennium, the Oregon Health Authority is pursuing a $300 million increase in taxes on tobacco products, . . .
ICLE has released a white paper entitled Vapor products, harm reduction, and taxation: Principles, evidence and a research agenda, authored by ICLE Chief Economist, Eric Fruits.
The Economist takes on “sin taxes” in a recent article, “‘Sin’ taxes—eg, on tobacco—are less efficient than they look.” The article has several lessons for policy makers eyeing taxes on e-cigarettes and other vapor products. Historically, taxes had the key purpose of raising revenues. The “best” taxes would be on goods with few substitutes (i.e., inelastic demand) and on goods deemed to be luxuries.
An interesting story in the WSJ Online today about American International Group (AIG)’s use of a standard tax write-off and the political firestorm it is . . .