Archive for the ‘Taxes’ Category

Need Transparency Taken To Eleven

Need Transparency Taken To Eleven

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Taxes, Texas

In my last post I mentioned the terrible scores Houston and San Antonio governments received for transparency in their economic development programs, according to a report by Good Jobs First. One reason the stakes for transparency are high is because the amounts of subsidy are so big. How big? Well, we’ll soon find out. In 2017, for […]

A Budget Discussion Thats Not Stoopid

A Budget Discussion Thats Not Stoopid

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Taxes

As of last week, your income taxes are all filed. Congrats! Or, like me, you got an extension. Boo! In either case, it’s a good week to think about what our tax money bought this year. And since we’ve all been promised federal tax reform this spring or summer from a unified legislative and executive […]

A Road Runs Through It

A Road Runs Through It

By The Banker | Blog Posts, How Not To Invest, Investing, Personal Finance, Taxes, Texas

I had a weird thing happen to me recently that prompted thoughts on real estate investing, “eminent domain,” and BIG GUBMINT. I (re-)learned that what you don’t know might hurt you, and also what you think you know about your constitutional rights might not be true. Through a series of unfortunate events, I became a […]

Carbon Dividends?

Carbon Dividends?

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Taxes, Texas

Earlier this month, a blue ribbon panel of US statesmen released “The Conservative Case for Carbon Dividends,” as a way to address climate change, reduce US regulations, and to provide additional funds for working-class people. The first interesting thing about the proposal is to note the resumes of the authors, each of whom boasts serious […]

On Regulations - The Cato Warning

On Regulations – The Cato Warning

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Taxes, Texas

We need to get more sophisticated in our conversation on government regulation, or interference, in private business. Despite President Trump’s statements and possibly intentions to the contrary, we’re witnessing a massive increase in federal interference in civil society. A simple way to understanding business-versus-regulation is this: Businesses usually resist the extra cost and hassle of […]