Jul 12, 2011

Study Makes Case that Oil, Gas Taxes Would Hurt the Economy

NOTE: The study by an Louisiana State University finance professor, Joseph Mason, concludes that a couple of the administration’s proposals – projected to raise about $29 billion over the next decade – actually would cause long-term net losses of about $54 billion in tax revenues, because of impacts on the industry. The change “comes at the expense of industry cutbacks that can reasonably be expected to cost the economy some $341 billion in economic output, 155,000 jobs, [and] $68 billion wages,” the study says. The accompanying drain on tax revenues would actually outweigh the increase from changing the rules, the study contends.

Study Makes Case that Oil, Gas Taxes Would Hurt the Economy
The Wall Street Journal
John McKinnon
July 11, 2011
http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2011/07/11/study-makes-case-that-oil-gas-taxes-would-hurt-the-economy/?mod=WSJBlog&mod=WSJ_Election_Blog

A study to be released on Tuesday says that President Barack Obama’s plans to raise taxes on the oil and gas industry might actually make the government’s fiscal straits worse, not better.