Joey Peters

Sales Tax Holidays: Easy to Sell but Hard to Justify

By: - July 26, 2010

  Photo illustration by iStockphoto, Stateline Starting late this week and continuing through mid-August, some 16 states will kick off an event that has become a ritual of back-to-school season. They will temporarily suspend sales taxes on pens, pencils, binders and bookbags, as well as moderately-priced clothes, and in some cases, computers. For Illinois, it […]

Industry Lobbying Turns Soda Taxes From Fizzy to Flat

By: - July 7, 2010

Photo by Getty Images When Washington State passed a tax on soda and other sugary beverages in April, it seemed like momentum was building nationally for a new kind of tax. Washington’s law, which imposes a tax of 2 cents for every 12 ounces of soda, came on the heels of similar actions in Maine […]