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Chris Edwards

Chris Edwards is the director of tax policy studies at Cato and editor of

He is a top expert on federal and state tax and budget issues. Before joining Cato, Edwards was a senior economist on the congressional Joint Economic Committee, a manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers, and an economist with the Tax Foundation.

Edwards has testified to Congress on fiscal issues many times, and his articles on tax and budget policies have appeared in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and other major newspapers. He is the author of Downsizing the Federal Government and coauthor of Global Tax Revolution.

Edwards holds a BA and MA in economics, and he was a member of theFiscal Future Commission of the National Academy of Sciences.

Chris Edwards's Articles

Feds Rank Lowest in "Customer" Satisfaction

An irony of Big Government is that even as Congress has spent trillions a year on programs and in handouts, the public has only become more alienated from it and more disgusted by its poor performance.

- September 16, 2016

The Tax Army Is Three Times Larger than the US Army

America spends 8.9 billion hours a year on federal tax paperwork — the equivalent of 4.3 million people working full-time and year-round.

- July 23, 2016

Instead of Penalizing Junk Food, Just Stop Subsidizing It

The Feds: Drink soda! Philly: Don’t drink soda! Me: Drink whatever you want, but not on my dime!

- June 27, 2016

Why Airport Security Will Always Be a Fiasco with TSA

There is no reason why every airport's security needs to be managed by one national bureaucracy.

- May 20, 2016

Why the Minimum Wage Is Bad at Reducing Poverty

Some poor people keep their job and get a raise, but some lose their job and fall back into poverty.

- April 13, 2016

Donald Is in Denial about Social Security

The billionaire businessman can't explain how he'll save a bankrupt government program.

- March 17, 2016

America's First Trillion Dollar Bureaucracy

This department spends more than $8,800 a year for every household in the United States.

- March 15, 2016

Federal Bureaucracy Grew 70% More Under Bush than Obama

President Bush found it easier to convince Congress to massively expand the federal government.

- February 16, 2016

Federal Bureaucrats Are Paid 78% More than Private Sector Workers

The federal government is the fourth highest paying industry in America, and after the end of the wage-freeze, it is booming again. 

- October 06, 2015

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