Tag Archives: Taxes

State Business Tax Environment 2018 — Tax Foundation

This annual blog begins as it was ended last year:  Just as words have meaning, taxes have economic ramifications.    Each state varies in one form or another in how they fund state government and also in how much government they fund.  Big government requires big funding, and vice-versa.  As usual, I invoke the TINSTAANREM axiom …Read more

Another Top-10 List — America’s Best Big Cities in Which to Live

Big cities are becoming bigger in the U.S. at a quicker pace as they hit a 21st Century growth spurt.  Not surprising, given the vast array of opportunities, entertainment, activities, economic growth, economies of scale and infrastructure possible with larger populations.   At the same time, however, larger cities bring with them some negatives including higher …Read more

Residential Buy Versus Rent by State

One of the largest decisions anyone makes is whether to purchase or rent a home.  The answer is not always straight forward.   Many factors are required to reach a financial solution:  home price, rent, income tax rate, interest rate, property tax, duration of rent or ownership, other tax deductions that can be itemized, insurance, homeowner …Read more

Another Top-10 List — Best Cities for Holiday Shopping

‘Tis the season for shopping. Last holiday season saw consumers spend an estimated $952.58 each for holiday shopping for gifts for others, self-spending, food, flowers, decorations and greeting cards for Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa according to the National Retail Federation. After increasing 3.2 percent in 2015, the Federation is forecasting a 3.6 percent increase in …Read more

Another Top-10 List — Best States Tax Environments

Taxes or lack thereof can be a repellent or a magnate to businesses relocating or expanding across the country. As an economist, for example, I would have an issue residing where there was a state income tax. Taxes are not the only reason why firms stay, move or expand elsewhere. There are a plethora of …Read more

Another Top-10 List — Best Large Cities for Retirees

This past Sunday I was visiting with a friend prior to Church discussing the warm weather that Houston was having. Both of us in stereo commented that we like the heat much better than cold. My friend lamented that his wife is insisting that, upon retirement, they relocate back to Pennsylvania to be nearer family …Read more