Daily Clips: August 24th, 2016

Texas has highest maternal mortality rate in the developed world: “Pro life” policies.

The feudal origins of property tax: Property tax was first instituted by William the Conqueror in 1066, and King James “made sure that this system traveled overseas with the first settlers at Jamestown, so that he could partake in the profits of exploration of the new land.”

Why didn’t the Founding Fathers, who were looking to unshackle themselves from the norms of European monarchy get rid of property tax? In short, they needed the cash.

Berkeley put a tiny tax on sodas. Consumption went down 21%: How can you not be excited by these findings? Such good news. The long-term impact on obesity is still unknown, but this is a great first step.

Cost of U.S. healthcare now 800% higher per person than it was in 1960, even when adjusted for inflation

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Nick Cassella
Nick Cassella graduated from the University of St Andrews in Scotland in 2014. After graduating, he worked on the Initiative 594 campaign before joining Civic Ventures, where he now manages Civic Skunk Works' social media presence.