One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘He has spoken well of the Alaska arrangement for citizen dividends from petroleum, and if that is implemented it will more than make up for the regressiveness of the new tax system.’
- ‘Moreover, the supposed regressiveness of cigarette taxes - since smokers are disproportionately poor - can vanish in this model.’
- ‘The protégés, in power in the Yangzi area, sought to check the regressiveness of the land-tax assessments by abolishing the privileges legally enjoyed by the greater gentry families.’
- ‘The progressiveness or regressiveness of redistributions of income and wealth resulting from farm subsidies and food programs.’
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