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income taxes, mergers and government regulations

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Question 1: Does your state have a state income tax and/or a state sales tax? If yes, how does the tax rate compare to other states? If no, what other revenue sources does your state government rely on for funding? (I live in California )
How can the state or federal government use taxation to implement a social policy? Please give an example.

Question 2: Discuss one prominent anti-trust case or merger. Why was the anti-trust case prosecuted or the merger executed? What was the outcome?
What is typically the effect of a merger in an industry on its consumers?

Question 3: This week we discussed the effects of taxes and government regulation on consumers. Economists are often asked by government agencies to conduct studies concerning the likely results of their policies.
Give an example of a public policy problem and apply the cost-benefit analysis technique to it. What other considerations may be taken into account in order to make a decision on the implementation of the policy?

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Question 1: Does your state have a state income tax and/or a state sales tax? If yes, how does the tax rate compare to other states? If no, what other revenue sources does your state government rely on for funding? ( I live in California )
How can the state or federal government use taxation to implement a social policy? Please give an example.
The state of California has a state income tax. There is a personal income tax and a corporate income tax. The state and local government collected $4,517 for every state resident in the year 2006 for which figures are available. This is above the country average of $4,001 per capita for the same year. We can conclude that the tax rate is higher than the national average.
The state and the federal government uses taxation to implement a social policy by funding the social policy from the taxes collected. The revenues fund social programs that are created under the policy. Similarly, when the Federal Government imposes taxes on the people, the revenues of the Federal Government increase. This increase is used to fund social policies direct under Federal Programs or the funds may be used to part sponsor State Government programs.
One example: There are several programs that is funded by the State Government of California through the California Department of Social Services. The Department employs more than 4,000 employees for supervising and ...

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