from The Great Debate:

Where has this Obama been hiding? Six takes on the State of the Union

By Allison Silver
January 21, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington

President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 20, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

from The Great Debate:

If the Internet becomes a public utility, you’ll pay more. Here’s why.

By Grover G. Norquist and Patrick Gleason
January 6, 2015

An illustration picture shows logos of Google and Yahoo connected with LAN cables in Berlin

The Federal Communications Commission is in the middle of a high-stakes decision that could raise taxes for close to 90 percent of Americans. The commission is considering whether to reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service and, in doing so, Washington would trigger new taxes and fees at the state and local level.

from Counterparties:

Tax King

August 27, 2014

Burger King is moving to Canada. The American fast food chain is buying Tim Horton’s in an $11 billion cash-and-stock deal and will incorporate over the border. It’s an obvious tax inversion move. Or is it? According to Burger King’s CEO Daniel Schwartz, “We don’t expect there to be meaningful tax savings or a meaningful change in our tax rate.”

from The Great Debate:

Think everything on a dollar menu costs a dollar? Think again.

By Peter Van Buren
August 1, 2014


How expensive are those everyday low prices? How much do things really cost on that fast-food restaurant's dollar menu? The answer is more than you think, but maybe not for the reason you think.

from Expert Zone:

Budget 2014 is only the first step

July 14, 2014

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters)

Much was expected from Budget 2014/15 without realizing that India’s economy has its own rhythm, which changes only by small degrees if left to itself. That is why big-ticket reforms are necessary to quicken the pace. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had reason to move forward with caution and make changes only at the fringes.

from Counterparties:

Transit trouble

By Jordan Fraade
July 3, 2014

Summer is the peak season for both traveling and new construction, so it’s just about the worst imaginable time for the country’s transportation funding to be on the verge of running out. On Tuesday, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx sent letters to the heads of all 50 state transportation agencies, telling them that the federal Highway Trust Fund would start to dry up by early August, leaving states on the hook for most of their transportation costs. The Highway Trust Fund provides anywhere from 30-70% of transit money to states, and Foxx has estimated that the average state will lose 28 percent of its federal funding. President Obama, giving a speech under the Key Bridge in Washington, D.C., plugged his own $302-billion plan to replenish the trust fund by closing corporate tax loopholes.

from Breakingviews:

Spanish government oddly passive on Catalonia risk

June 13, 2014

By Fiona Maharg-Bravo

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own. 

from Edward Hadas:

Shhh – don’t talk about higher taxes

By Edward Hadas
May 7, 2014

By Edward Hadas

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from MacroScope:

Will French numbers add up?

By Mike Peacock
April 23, 2014

French President Francois Hollande’s cabinet meets to adopt a new debt reduction plan.

from MacroScope:

Sanctions loom for Russia

By Mike Peacock
March 13, 2014

The European Union, as we exclusively reported yesterday, has agreed on a framework for sanctions against Russia, including travel restrictions and asset freezes, which goes further than many expected. The list of targeted individuals is still being worked on but will be ready for the bloc’s foreign ministers to look at on Monday.