Posts filed under “Taxes and Policy”

How Much Do Silicon Valley Firms Really Earn?

If you missed the big Barron’s article (How Much Do Silicon Valley Firms Really Earn?) story this past weekend on Silicon Valley’s accounting, you should definitely check it out.

There has always been a element of bullshit in not expensing stock options, but this has now moved towards absurdity.


Compaore & Contrast
Source: Barron’s

Category: Corporate Management, Digital Media, Taxes and Policy, Wages & Income

A 14 Percent Infrastructure Fix?

My wife leaves for work earlier than I do, giving her first choice of which car to drive. She has a longer drive than my three-minute jaunt to the train station, so I don’t mind. That often means I get the rear-wheel drive convertible in the snowy winter months, and the all-wheel drive Jeep in…Read More

Category: Politics, Really, really bad calls, Taxes and Policy

Fast Food, Minimum Wage, and Wealth Transfers

This week, Los Angeles became the third major West Coast city and the biggest in the U.S. to agree to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, an increase that will go into effect by 2020. Los Angeles follows Seattle, which will require employers with 500 workers or more to pay $15  by 2017….Read More

Category: Taxes and Policy, Wages & Income

The Think Tanks

Source: No Exit

Category: Humor, Politics, Really, really bad calls, Taxes and Policy

More Proof Of America’s Inadequate Infrastructure

The details are still being sorted out on the deadly Amtrak crash that killed at least six people earlier this week and injured 100s more. But what we do know is that the stretch of track where the train derailed did not have the latest automated speed control system. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) board…Read More

Category: Current Affairs, Politics, Really, really bad calls, Taxes and Policy

Wealthiest Zip Codes in America

Click for a ginormous graphic. Source: WonkBlog

Category: Data Analysis, Digital Media, Taxes and Policy, Wages & Income

Death Tax, Paying for What You Use, Comment Foolishness

There was some pushback on yesterday’s rather tame suggestion that the U.S. properly finance the fund that pays to maintain and repair our roads. Much of the correspondence was surprising. Then again, I am continually flabbergasted by the cognitive errors that the human brain can make. It’s a marvelously designed piece of wetware that does a…Read More

Category: Bad Math, Politics, Taxes and Policy, Weblogs

Time to Raise America’s Gas Tax

Get in your car and go for a drive just about anywhere in the U.S. You will be confronted with a transportation system desperately in need of a reboot. I’m not referring to a full upgrade to smart roads — the sensor-driven intelligent system that promises to move vehicles more cheaply and efficiently. Rather, I…Read More

Category: Fixed Income/Interest Rates, Really, really bad calls, Taxes and Policy

Category: Taxes and Policy, Think Tank

Where Your 2014 Taxes Went

Source: National Priorities Project via Bill Moyers

Category: Politics, Taxes and Policy