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January 30, 2016

Analysis of Bernie Sanders' Tax Plan - Cole & Greenberg, Tax Foundation

January 29, 2016

Are Kids on Medicaid Getting Dental Services? - HHS OIG

Medicaid is the primary source of dental coverage for children in low-income families and provides access to dental care for approximately 37 million children. However, access to d...

January 29, 2016

A Case for Flat Consumption Taxes - David R. Burton, RealClearPolicy

The BTT is back in the news.A BTT, or business transfer tax, is a flat-rate consumption tax collected at the business level. Both Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Rand Paul have included one...

January 26, 2016

Budget and Economic Outlook: 2016 to 2026 - CBO

CBO estimates that the federal budget deficit in 2016 will be $544 billion, raising debt held by the public to 76 percent of GDP. Solid short-term growth in the economy is projecte...

January 25, 2016

President Obama's Legacy of Red Ink - James C. Capretta, RealClearPolicy

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issued a new budget forecast last week. It should be a wake-up call to policymakers, and to the candidates running for president. It...

January 22, 2016

Curious Case of Disappearing Corporate Taxes - Liz Farmer, Governing

When Rick Snyder became governor of Michigan in 2011, his state had been on a 10-year economic slide -- businesses were leaving and so were people. Where the rest of the count...

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January 22, 2016

Social Security in the Crosshairs - Alicia H. Munnell, MarketWatch

Social Security may be at risk after the November elections. Critics are writing op-eds saying that benefits – relative to previous earnings – are very high, and the Co...

January 20, 2016

Why We're Headed for a Budget Crisis - Justin Bogie, Daily Signal

On Tuesday, the Congressional Budget Office released its’ preliminary budget and economic outlook for 2016-2026. The report shows that despite temporary improvement...

January 20, 2016

Bernie Sanders's $19.6 Trillion in Tax Hikes - Philip Klein, DC Examiner

Sen. Bernie Sanders' populist message has put him in the position to potentially win Democratic nomination contests in both Iowa and New Hampshire, shaking the sense of inevitabili...

January 20, 2016

Smarter Taxes Matter More Than Rates - Millsap & Gonzalez, RCPolicy

It's been almost 30 years since the last major federal tax system overhaul, and the chances of real reform in the next year look grim. But as usual, there's some hope in the states...

January 18, 2016

Medicare Part D's Importance - Marsha Gold, Health Affairs

The Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA) expanded Medicare to include a drug benefit starting in 2006. Yet while the benefit expansion is impo...

January 18, 2016

Medicare for All? No, But ... - Roger Collier, Rational Healthcare

It doesn’t seem likely that Senator Bernie Sanders will be our next president, but the current primary election campaign is throwing some pretty startling curveballs. With su...

January 15, 2016

Hillary Clinton's New Tax Proposals - Richard Phillips, CTJ

Hillary Clinton on Tuesday released a series of new proposals that she says would help restore “basic fairness to our tax code.” The proposals, which she esti...

January 13, 2016

Expiring Federal Tax Provisions - Joint Committee on Taxation

List Of Expiring Federal Tax Provisions 2016-2025...

January 12, 2016

Progressives Cannot Do Tax Reform - Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Huffington Post

Commentators on both sides of the ideological spectrum concur that the federal tax code is too complex, too burdensome, inherently unfair, harms economic growth and reduces U.S. gl...

January 12, 2016

Medicaid Expansion's Positive Effects - Jesse Cross-Call, CBPP

Poor adults in states that have expanded Medicaid as part of health reform have greater access to health care services and fewer problems paying their medical bills, and hospitals ...

January 11, 2016

The Fallout From the Budget Deals - James C. Capretta, RealClearPolicy

The flurry of budget deals struck by congressional Republicans with President Obama in the final months of 2015 will increase the federal debt by hundreds of billions of dollars in...

January 8, 2016

The Cost of Carson's Tax Plan - Citizens for Tax Justice

A Citizens for Tax Justice (CTJ) analysis of presidential candidate Ben Carson’s recently released flat tax plan finds that it would cost an estimated $9.6 trillion...

January 7, 2016

Social Security's a Bad Deal - Donald J. Boudreaux, TribLive

An easy case for government intervention requires just one mistaken assumption: Ordinary people cannot take care of themselves as well as government officials will take care of the...

January 7, 2016

Analyzing Ben Carson's Tax Plan - Kyle Pomerleau, Tax Foundation

Dr. Ben Carson’s tax plan would replace the federal income tax code with a modified Hall-Rabushka-style flat tax of 14.9 percent....

January 5, 2016

Medicare's Single-Payer Experience - Chris Pope, National Affairs

The past few years have witnessed an intense struggle over the structure of American health care, and the debate seems far from over. America still spends more than twice as much p...

January 2, 2016

The Highly Successful Anti-Tax Lobby - Jared Bernstein, On the Economy

The Wall St. Journal ran an interesting piece this morning showing how the effective tax rate—taxes as a share of income—spiked up significantly in 2013 for t...

January 2, 2016

Frameworks for Distributional Analyses - Kevin Perese, CBO

CBO’s analyses of the distribution of household income and federal taxes rely on a broad measure of before-tax income to rank households and to serve as the denominator for the c...

December 31, 2015

The Social Security Data Tool - Schwabish & Chartoff, Urban Institute

Until just a few weeks ago, there was the possibility that come next December, people receiving benefits from the Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) program would experience...

December 30, 2015

How Progressive the Tax Code Is - Scott A. Hodge, Tax Foundation

There is a vigorous debate among the presidential candidates over how we should tax Americans at different income levels. Some candidates argue that wealthy families shou...

December 30, 2015

Medicaid Gimmick Defrauding Taxpayers - Jason Yaworske, Daily Signal

The Washington Post editorial board has long considered itself the “adult in the room” on fiscal matters, all but endorsing the Simpson-Bowles plan and other ...

December 29, 2015

Reduce Taxes and Spend Less - Grover Norquist, Americans for Tax Reform

Liberals don’t like tax cuts....

December 28, 2015

Taxes: Doubling Down on W - Paul Krugman, New York Times

As I’ve said, it’s hard these days for liberals to look at the state of the Republican primary without feeling a lot of Trumpenfreude. But one downside of The Dona...

December 26, 2015

RIP, Tax Extenders? - Brian Faler, Politico

Goodbye tax extenders?...

December 23, 2015

Long-Term Projections for Social Security - Congressional Budget Office

Social Security, which marked its 80th anniversary in 2015, is the largest single program in the federal government’s budget. About 72 percent of the roughly 60 million peopl...

December 23, 2015

An Analysis of Donald Trump's Tax Plan - Burman et al., Tax Policy Center

This paper analyzes presidential candidate Donald Trump’s tax proposal. His plan would significantly reduce marginal tax rates on individuals and businesses, increase standar...

December 22, 2015

Budgeting for Aging America - Louise Sheiner & David Wessel, Brookings

For decades, we have been hearing that the baby-boom generation was like a pig moving through a python–bigger than the generations before and after....

December 21, 2015

Ryan's Omnibus Is Not A Compromise - Scott Greer, Daily Caller

It didn’t take long for Paul Ryan to prove his critics right after becoming the newest House Speaker....

December 18, 2015

Medicare vs. Private Insurance Spending - Donald Moulds, Commonwealth

Six years ago, as a new president was taking office and the prospect of significant health care reform was moving from pipe dream to possibility, the city of McAllen, Texas, was th...

December 18, 2015

Budget Bill Leaves No Boondoggle Behind - James Bovard, USA Today

Republican congressional leaders are like a football coach who believes the secret to winning is to punt early and often. House Speaker Paul Ryan and others are claiming ...

December 17, 2015

Assessing the Budget and Tax Deals - Robert Greenstein, CBPP

The tax parts of the new bipartisan deals include provisions that mark a major achievement in reducing poverty and helping poor and modest-income working families, but also disturb...

December 17, 2015

The Tax Deal Could Lead to Major Reform - Rob Garver, Fiscal Times

A word spread Wednesday about the details of a major bipartisan agreement on tax breaks, some lawmakers touted the deal as the next step toward comprehensive tax reform – a g...

December 16, 2015

Tax Deal Would Cost $650 Billion - C. for a Responsible Federal Budget

Lawmakers have announced a negotiated package of business and individual tax breaks costing more than $650 billion over ten years. After interest, we project the bill wil...

December 15, 2015

What the Ideal Tax Code Looks Like - Fichtner & Feldman, RCPolicy

Tax reform is a hot topic in Washington, D.C. But luckily, policymakers need not fly blind when it comes to defining the principles key to a successful revenue system....

December 12, 2015

Reduce Medicare Subsidies to the Wealthy - Robert Moffit, Heritage

Medicare is accumulating an unfunded obligation of between $28 trillion and $37 trillion.[1] This is the dollar amount of promises to Medicare beneficiaries that are not finan...

December 12, 2015

The Hidden Cost of Federal Tax Policy - Fichtner & Feldman, Mercatus

History has shown that tax reforms seldom last when special interests have substantial incentives to lobby Congress for tax breaks. Making the tax code as simple—by taxing a broa...

December 12, 2015

Tax Reform for Our Century - Ryan Ellis, Conservative Reform Network

In his book as part of the Room To Grow series, Ryan Ellis identifies four fundamental flaws that beset America’s current tax code and offers principled, practical solutions ...

December 12, 2015

Why Delaware Is a Tax Haven - Richard Phillips, Citizens for Tax Justice

When you think of a tax haven, you probably imagine the far off tropical islands of Bermuda or Grand Cayman, but the reality is that there is a major tax haven even closer to home ...

December 11, 2015

Pass a Six-Week Funding Extension - Rachel Bovard, RealClearPolicy

Call me Swami. As I predicted two and a half months ago, December has indeed turned out to be the cruelest month for responsible funding decisions....

December 7, 2015

The Nonexistent Case for Progressive Taxes - George Will, Wash Post

Progressives are increasingly preoccupied with income inequality, and their current hero, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), favors increasing the tax system’s progressivity. ...

December 5, 2015

Budget Bill Would Reverse ACA's Coverage Gains - Edwin Park, CBPP

The Senate-passed budget reconciliation bill would boost the number of uninsured Americans by at least 22 million starting in 2018, relative to current law, accordin...

December 5, 2015

What the Tax Extender Bill Should Include - Curtis Dubay, Daily Signal

The annual ritual is upon us. Congress is busy at work crafting a bill to extend the approximately 50 tax-reducing policies that expire each year, popularly known as the tax extend...

December 4, 2015

Tax Extenders: Who Gets What? - CRFB

Congress is still considering a potential fiscally irresponsible deal to extend the 50-some tax breaks that expired at the end of the year, known as tax extenders. A...

December 3, 2015

Generational Budget War? Not in the Numbers - Gary Burtless, RCM

Government spending on the elderly continues to climb. Fueled by rapid growth in the number of Americans over age 65 and increased spending on benefits per person, public expenditu...

March 23, 2012

How Ryan Sold His Plan

March 23, 2012

Boehner: House Will Pass Budget

March 22, 2012

Plan Squeaks By Committee

March 22, 2012

President Slams Ryan's Budget

March 21, 2012

The Budget Wars Are Back

March 21, 2012

Ryan Plan Doesn't Go Far Enough for Some Conservatives

March 20, 2012


March 20, 2012

Plan Would Slash Taxes

March 20, 2012

GOP Wants to Play Up Tax Reofrm

March 20, 2012

A Sharp Contrast With Obama