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Stephen Eide
Stephen Eide
Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute
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      Stephen Eide

      Stephen D. Eide is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute’s Center for State and Local Leadership.

Americans love local government. Why?

Last week, the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press released the results of its latest survey of Americans’ opinions about government. Washington fared poorly: the federal government’s 28% favorability rating represents its lowest reading since Pew began conducting the survey in 1997. In contrast, local governments fared quite well. Over 60% of Americans have a favorable opinion of their local government.

Republicans should embrace service taxation

4:26 PM 02/11/2013

Ohio Governor John Kasich, a Republican, recently proposed taxing 81 services that are currently exempt from Ohio’s sales tax and using the new revenues to reduce income and sales tax rates. This is a great idea, and other Republicans should follow Kasich’s example. Almost alone among Republican governors, Kasich understands that, done right, taxing services is no revenue grab, but a way to create fairer, more efficient, and more modern state tax codes and finance massive cuts to tax rates.