GAW! in the News

New York Times
November 6, 2012
Responding to calls to make French industry more competitive by reducing labor costs, the Socialist government of President François Hollande said Tuesday that it would cut payroll taxes for businesses. But the government stopped short of adopting the broader changes . . . recommended a day earlier in a report that called for a "competitiveness...
Washington Post
October 13, 2012
Even if Washington somehow finds a way to avoid the fiscal cliff — the automatic tax hikes and federal spending cuts that threaten to plunge the nation back into a recession — the economy could suffer a stiff blow next year from other looming changes in public policy. A payroll tax cut benefiting 160 million workers is scheduled to expire at...
Huffington Post
September 8, 2012
Editors note: On the day before President Obama's address to to a joint session of Congress on his jobs proposal, Stephen Kent lays out why a reduction in payroll taxes and a revenue neutral tax shift will be a key part of the solution. Let's hope today goes down in history as the low point of our national debate on jobs, and that it's all...
CNN Money
August 2, 2012
This article describes support for a carbon tax and using the revenues to offset payroll and/or other taxes -- in other words, a tax shit or tax swap. "The idea is to tax something society wants less of (in this case pollution) and reduce taxes on things it wants more of (in this case work)."
Stanford University News
July 12, 2012
Prominent Republican George Shultz is leading a group preparing to propose a federal tax on carbon to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and oil consumption. As an economist Mr. Shultz states, "...to me the most appealing way is a revenue-neutral carbon tax. That is, you distribute all the revenue from the carbon tax in some fashion back to...
New York Times
July 4, 2012
Yoram Bauman, an environmental economist, and Shi-Ling Hsu, a law professor, make the case for a British-Columbia style carbon tax shift in the U.S.  Among the options they discuss to offset the impacts of higher fuel and electricity prices resulting from the carbon tax on low-income households [is] . . . a reduction in payroll taxes....
Washington Post
June 1, 2012
Let's start with the obvious: Most Democrats (and, for that matter, most of the bipartisan deficit panels that are churning out endless white papers right now) agree that we can't tackle our long-term debt issues through spending cuts alone. Some sort of tax reform that raises revenue will have to get thrown into the ring. So why not do that...
Atlantic & McKinsey & Company
July 19, 2011
Editors Note: Atlantic magazine and McKinsey & Co. "brought together some of the top minds in busines, government and the world of ideas, each to answer the same question: What is the single best thing Washington can do to jumpstart job creation? This artilce was part of the blog.  Is the country’s only choice either to go off the debt...
Democracy Journal
April 1, 2011
In this article Harvard Professor and former Clinton advisor Elaine Kamark addresses three ways to solve the U.S. economic and budget dilemma.  Her first suggestion is for a tax shift (she prefers a carbon tax) to offsett regressive payroll taxes. She cites a Get America Working study of European experience with lowered payroll taxes...
The New Yorker
March 23, 2009
In his New Yorker commentary for the March 23, 2009 edition (but available in advance online) Hendrick Hertzberg notes the number of conservative commentators who are suggesting what might seem like a liberal idea --  a payroll tax "holiday" to give working people more money. Hertzberg lays out the argument for making this idea not...