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About the Beacon Hill Institute. Housed in the Department of Economics at Suffolk University in Boston, BHI specializes in the development of state-of-the-art economic and statistical models for policy analysis. The department offers degrees in Economics through the PhD. BHI\'s major capabilities i

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Virginia-STAMP

March 2-3, 2006

Richmond, Virginia

Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy

David G. Tuerck

Alfonso Sanchez-Penalver

Beacon Hill Institute

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About the Beacon Hill Institute
  • Housed in the Department of Economics at Suffolk University in Boston, BHI specializes in the development of state-of-the-art economic and statistical models for policy analysis.The department offers degrees in Economics through the PhD.
  • BHI’s major capabilities include:
      • State Tax Analysis Modeling Program (STAMP)
      • Local Area Modeling Program (LAMP)
      • Education Assessment Model
      • State Competitiveness Report
overview of va stamp
Overview of VA-STAMP
  • STAMP is specified in terms of supply and demand for each factor of production and each commodity included in the model
  • STAMP is a CGE (computable general equilibrium) model – a computerized method of accounting for the economic effects of tax policy changes
  • Tax policy changes are shown to affect economic activity through their effects on the prices of outputs and on the factors of production
  • Government spending on infrastructure is modeled as exerting positive effects on production
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What is a Computable General Equilibrium (CGE ) tax model?

• A formal description of the economic relationships among producers, households and government in a particular state and the rest of the world

• Computable: generates numeric solutions to concrete policy and tax changes, with the help of a computer

• General: takes all the important markets and flows into account

• Equilibrium: demand equals supply in every market

stamp analysis of 2006 tax change proposals in virginia
STAMP Analysis of2006 Tax Change Proposals in Virginia
  • Proposals Analyzed:
  • Governor
  • Senate
  • House
governor s proposal
Governor’s Proposal
  • Increase motor vehicles sales tax from 3% to 5% and increase the minimum tax levied on the sale of a motor vehicle from $35 to $55
  • Increase motor vehicle insurance license tax from 2.5% to 4.5%
  • Convert Virginia’s registration fee into a weight-based registration system
  • Impose and collect fees on drivers who have accumulated more than eight net driver demerit points or have been convicted of reckless driving, driving on a suspended or revoked license, driving under the influence (DUI), or other misdemeanor
  • Reallocate $339 million for One-Time support to priority projects
  • Reallocation of existing Insurance Premiums totaling $579 million over four years
senate proposal
Senate Proposal
  • Increase motor vehicle registration fees
  • Increase motor vehicle sales and use tax by 0.75%, in increments of 0.25% over 3 years
  • Impose 5 % sales tax on motor fuels at the wholesale level
  • Increase tax on diesel fuel at the pump from $0.16 to $0.175
  • Increase liquidated damages from overweight vehicles, based on weight
  • Impose abusive driver fees, with the rate based on accumulated driver demerit points
  • Increase grantor tax from $0.10 to $0.30 per $100 valuation
  • Dedicate auto insurance premium tax to transportation
house proposal
House Proposal
  • Divert funds from the tax on auto-insurance premiums and from the recordation tax to back $583 million in bonded debt for, among other things, the relief of congestion in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads
  • Use $553 million from the surplus to put toward $853 million in one-time-projects
  • Impose additional fines on abusive drivers to yield $590 million over four years
summary effects after four years
Summary:Effects After Four Years
  • Governor:
    • $2.7 billion in new state funds
    • $0.9 billion in other funds
    • 6,884 new private sector jobs
    • $179 in increased per-capita disposable income
  • Senate:
    • $4.5 billion in new state funds
    • 5,821 new private sector jobs
    • $179 in increased per-capita disposable income
  • House:
    • $729 million in new state funds
    • $1.4 billion in other funds
    • 8,137 new private sector jobs
    • $130 in increased per-capita disposable income
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Beacon Hill Institute

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Boston, MA 02108

Phone: 617-573-8750

Fax: 617-994-4279

E-Mail: [email protected]

Web: www.beaconhill.org

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