Dr. Paul Gallis Joins New Revenue Board

I’m happy to announce that my friend and retired policy expert Paul Gallis, Ph.D., has joined the Board of Advisors of the Center for New Revenue. Paul’s unvarnished advice and punchy writing suggestions have helped me informally over the years. I’m delighted to have him agree to join this (still quite informal) Board.

Paul’s illustrious career is described in this Statement in the Congressional Record by Congressman John Tanner of Tennessee: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CREC-2008-06-11/html/CREC-2008-06-11-pt1-PgE1200-2.htm Continue reading “Dr. Paul Gallis Joins New Revenue Board”


Unforced tax error in Colorado

[UPDATE:  That 8 percent rate never took effect — not for a day.  Colorado reversed course  entirely, pushing the rate up to 15 percent instead.  Here’s the new rule: (ephemeral state site: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/tax/marijuana-taxes-file; saved version: Copy of Regs on unaffiliated sales in CO 2017 SB192):   “Effective August 9, 2017, . . . unaffiliated retail marijuana business will calculate their excise tax at 15% of the contract rate.”  See also Fact Sheet saved at CO unaffiliated tax Aug 2017.]


The decision of the Colorado Legislature in 2015 to decrease the state’s marijuana retail tax from 10 percent to 8 percent, effective mid-2017, was inexplicable. The industry needs low rates in the early days, not later.

So Gov. Hickenlooper’s call to let the effective date expire meaninglessly, and for an increase to 12 percent, is sensible, and not surprising.  Here’s that story: Continue reading “Unforced tax error in Colorado”

Fake History of 280E

This is Fake History: “The original sponsor of 280E, former Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) . . . .” I see that statement that Mr. Stark sponsored 280E, for example, in Brett Stone’s newsgroup, https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/mmjnews/conversations/topics/37712.

Mr. Stark now opposes 280E, which well he might, but that doesn’t make him the, or an, “original sponsor.” 280E originated in the Senate Finance Committee in 1982, when Bob Dole chaired it, as the legislative history, from the Joint Committee on Taxation Blue Book indicates: https://newtax.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/1982-blue-book.pdf.  For a balanced view of 280E, see https://www.brookings.edu/blog/fixgov/2015/12/18/how-bob-dole-got-america-addicted-to-marijuana-taxes/.  For a middle ground compromise, suggested by NORML, between current law and repeal, see https://newrevenue.org/2017/02/16/5139/.  And it’s 280E, not 280e, not 280(e).  It comes right before 280F. Continue reading “Fake History of 280E”