Author: Patricia Hart

She may be radical, but AOC has not gone far enough on taxes

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a lightning rod for news coverage. She was recently featured on “60 Minutes,” an opportunity that has eluded some of her more seasoned peers in the House. Ocasio-Cortez spoke on a range of topics during the interview, including inequality, climate change, and immigration. But one subject generated a truly surprising amount of attention: the marginal tax system. By explaining how the system works and floating the idea that the top marginal tax rate should be between 60 and 70%, Ocasio-Cortez generated intense debate on the topic. In the interview, Ocasio-Cortez used $10 million in annual...

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Investing in Homeless Young Texans

Photo: Bionic Teaching Texas’ 85th legislative session kicked off last month. Lawmakers now have until the end of May to balance a state budget three percent smaller than that of the previous session. Having the power of the purse, the legislature must decide which government programs to prioritize and which to trim—or cut. Policymakers have a responsibility to be thrifty with taxpayer dollars, especially in times of tight budgets. One way to accomplish this is by investing in initiatives that are likely to yield outsized returns. There is a major opportunity to do just that by making modest changes to...

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