I Hear the Train A’Coming

What to know: A new poll shows that support for Voter ID rules is growing, even as Democrats in Texas and Washington attempt to undermine them.

The TPPF take: That poll shows that support for Voter ID is up 13% among Black voters, even.

“In Texas, Republicans want to extend voter ID protections for mail-in ballots—an increasingly popular way to cast a ballot,” says TPPF’s Chuck DeVore. “Georgia and Florida recently passed similar provisions asking by-mail voters to write their driver’s license number or other number from a government-issued ID inside a privacy flap on the return envelope. Democrats claim such provisions are racist. Furthermore, some now fear electoral ‘catastrophe’ if the provisions stand.”

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Moving Backwards

What to know: The Biden administration has reversed—again—its view on a policy. Now, it’s once again “interested” in a Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) tax.

The TPPF take: VMT taxes hurt the poor most.

“VMT taxes will place an additional financial penalty on low-income families who can’t afford to—or choose not to—live in urban centers,” says TPPF’s Selene Rodriguez. “Urban inhabitants are forced to move out of urban areas, then charged even more for doing so by imposing a tax on lengthy commutes.”

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Historically Bad

What to know: NPR calls the Biden administration’s hike in food stamp benefits “historic.”

The TPPF take: The administration’s move could lead to more unhealthy dependence on government.

“Augmenting SNAP handouts also adds yet another disincentive to working,” says TPPF’s E.J. Antoni. “There is already a long list of government payments which have contributed to why people remain out of the labor market: normal unemployment benefits, $300-a-week supplemental unemployment in about half the states, up to $3,600-per-child tax credit, rental assistance benefits, expanded health care benefits, and extended weeks of unemployment benefits in many states.”

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