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  • Tax breaks for gentrifiers: How a 1990s property tax revolt has skewed the Portland-area tax burden

    An analysis of thousands of property tax records found that most Portland-area homeowners pay more than their fair share of the cost of local government and schools, thanks to Oregon's skewed tax system. A small share of property owners, mainly people who bought into rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods, enjoy huge tax breaks under the system. The Oregonian/OregonLive analysis is the first to ever quantify winners and losers and the first to identify, house by house, who would benefit from tax reform. The answer? Most people.
  • Tax Revolt Goes Awry

    This investigation exposed inequities in Florida's property tax system, which are unintended consequences of the Save Our Homes tax amendment. The discrepancies have grown so much that millionaires in beachfront homes pay less than middle-class families living in modest houses, costing the state millions in property tax revenue.
  • Oops!

    "Lawmakers are always trying to change the world, but no matter how earnest or well meaning, they often end up doing something entirely different from what they intended..." The article is about airline deregulation, trucking regulation, superfund law, public housing, tax reform, endangered species act
  • Tax reform shackles many metro schools

    A popular property tax cut in 1994 is putting Detroit area schools in a bind. Spending cuts occured in at least 40 percent of districts and many reserves are already dried up. Both upper and low income school districts have been hit. This story analyzed how this happened and other effects the proposal had on area schools.
  • Banking on Fear

    The American Bar Association Journal reports that "this is part revisionist history of the banking and savings & loan scandals of the 1980s-early-90s, but more significantly a look at how unprecedented powers subsequently given to regulators to clean up the mess created a 'Frankenstein monster' that harmed and destroyed a lot of innocent bankers and investors. This story shows that not only did Congress in large part create the problem by loosening regulation of savings & loans, its hasty attempt to fix the problem in 1989 with the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act beefed up a bureaucracy that has failed to pull back from cases even after it learns the targets are innocent...."
  • A far city from fair

    Citizens for Tax Justice (Washington, D.C.) outlines the history of the federal budget deficit and its impact on the U.S. economy; shows how the tax system favors the wealthy and places an undue burden on middle and lower income people; makes an argument for tax reform that would increase the taxes of the wealthy and ease the burden on the rest of America.