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October 15, 2014

Dynamic Scoring: Paul Ryan's Budget Trick - Matt O'Brien, Wash Post

Tax reform is supposed to be simple, but the math isn't. Far from it, in fact....

October 15, 2014

Obamacare Will Increase the Deficit - Budget Committee GOP

Notwithstanding the numerous budget gimmicks and accounting tricks used in the Democrats’ health plan to hide its true cost, the Congressional Budget Office’s final cos...

October 14, 2014

The Deficiencies of Medicare Plans - Robert Pear, New York Times

Federal officials say they have repeatedly criticized, and in many cases penalized, Medicare health plans for serious deficiencies, including the improper rejection of cl...

October 13, 2014

Tax Progressivity and Social Cohesion - Steve Waldman, Interfluidity

Today seems to be the day to talk about whether those of us concerned with poverty and inequality should focus on progressive taxation. Edward D. Kleinbard in the Ne...

October 11, 2014

Against Global Taxation - Americans for Tax Reform

On October 13, the World Health Organization (WHO) will meet behind closed doors in Moscow to once again consider mandating expansive excise taxes that degrade national sovereignty...

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October 10, 2014

When Taxes Go Up and No One Notices - Nicole Woo, The Hill

At the start of 2013, most American workers faced a 2 percent cut in their take-home pay, as the 2011-2012 Social Security payroll tax holiday came to an end. Conventional wisdom t...

October 10, 2014

100 For-Profit Schools' Lifeline: Taxpayers - Aaron Glantz, CIR

More than 100 for-profit colleges are so dependent on taxpayer money that they would be violating a law designed to prevent profiteering if not for a loophole that excludes GI Bill...

October 10, 2014

Keep the Internet Tax Moratorium - Matthew Bruno, ATR

Without further Congressional action, states and localities will begin taxing Internet access as soon as December 11th. A permanent moratorium, the Permanent Internet Tax Free...

October 8, 2014

Tax Proposals on the Ballot - Sebastian Johnson, Citizens for Tax Justice

Ah, fall. The season marks the countdown to that quintessential American holiday, wherechildish figures go door-to-door, asking for favors under false pretenses. I am of cours...

October 7, 2014

Would More Progressive Taxes Raise More Money? - Guner et al., VoxEU

Recent calls for closing fiscal deficits have been combined with proposals to shift the tax burden and increase marginal tax rates on higher earners. This column argues that revenu...

October 7, 2014

Medicaid Expansion and Jail and Prison Inmates - GAO

In 2013, the Medicaid program financed health care services for more than 72 million individuals, and an additional 7 million beneficiaries are expected to enroll in 2014 as a resu...

October 4, 2014

Don't Be Optimistic About Tax Reform - Dave Johnson, CFAF

Washington elites are “optimistic” about another “reform.” That’s never good....

October 3, 2014

Medicaid Expansion: Wolf in Sheep's Clothing - Jason Fodeman, RCPolicy

In Utah, the recent meeting between Gov. Gary Herbert and Health and Human Services secretary Sylvia Burwell has brought Medicaid expansion back to center stage. Those who support ...

September 30, 2014

The Left's Populist Tax Agenda - Ira Stoll, Reason

Copying the right’s success, the left is taking its tax agenda directly to the people....

September 29, 2014

Illinois vs. Kansas: A Tale of Two Tax Policies - Steve Moore, Forbes

Much of the political spotlight across the country is focused on the economies of two Midwestern states – Illinois and Kansas....

September 27, 2014

Fixing the Business Tax Code - Jared Bernstein, On the Economy

Now that the dust has settled a bit on the Treasury’s exciting announcement of their new inversions rules, let’s kick back and cogitate a bit more on a few of the many ...

September 24, 2014

How Can States Fix Their Medicare Programs? - Chris Kardish, Governing

Erin Fair Taylor’s job isn’t easy. That’s because every day, she must figure out how to pay doctors. Taylor works for CareOregon, which is playing an active ...

September 24, 2014

Kids' Share of the Federal Budget - Hahn et al., Urban Institute

Kids’ Share 2014: Report on Federal Expenditures on Children Through 2013, an eighth annual report, looks comprehensively at federal spending and tax expenditures on children...

September 24, 2014

Paul Ryan's War on Math - Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine

Paul Ryan has emerged from his long post-election period of repositioning, soul-searching, andsecretly but not secretly visiting the poor. He had been caricatured as an Ayn Ra...

September 24, 2014

Reforming the Budget Process - James C. Capretta, National Affairs

The modern federal budget process is turning 40 years old this year. Created by the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974, this process was established to addres...

September 19, 2014

Sales Taxes in Your State - Drenkard & Borean, Tax Foundation

This week's map shows the state sales tax rate, plus the average local rate, for each state as of July 1, 2014. This data comes from a bi-annual sales tax report we relea...

September 19, 2014

Here's What's the Matter With Kansas - Jenice Robinson, CTJ

It’s easy to hold up Kansas as the poster child for regressive tax policies gone awry....

September 17, 2014

California's Unwitting Health Care Guinea Pigs - Craig H. Kliger, CAEPS

Imagine waking up to find, as Dorothy famously did in The Wizard of Oz, that you're not in Kansas anymore, having been transported somewhere else without your volition or...

September 16, 2014

2014 Tax Competitiveness Index - Pomerleau & Lundeen, Tax Foundation

The Tax Foundation’s International Tax Competitiveness Index (ITCI) measures the degree to which the 34 OECD countries’ tax systems promote competitiveness through low ...

September 13, 2014

Income Taxes and Economic Growth - Gale & Samwick, Brookings

This paper examines how changes to the individual income tax affect long-term economic growth. The structure and financing of a tax change are critical to achieving economic growth...

September 11, 2014

Congress's Troubling New Spending Bill - Romina Boccia, Daily Signal

Yesterday evening, the House of Representatives released its stopgap spending measure which blindly continues the bloated spending in the January omnibus bill that included spe...

September 9, 2014

Understanding the CBO's 'Current Law' Baseline - CRFB

CBO’s baseline budget projections are often referred to as “current law” since they generally assume Congress continues the laws as they are written (even when th...

September 9, 2014

The Budget Crisis Could End One of Two Ways - Ron Haskins, RCM

Since publication of the first volume of Restoring Fiscal Sanity in 2004, a small group of budget experts from Brookings and several other think tanks have been...

September 9, 2014

Burger King Reduced Its Tax Rate 60 Percent - Richard Phillips, CTJ

Burger King's recent decision to pursue a corporate inversion to Canada is the culmination of years of maneuvering to dodge paying its fair share in corporate t...

September 8, 2014

How Taxes Are a Racial Issue - Joelle Gamble, Next New Deal

The threat of corporate inversions to the American tax base sprung an interesting political dialogue around tax reform in the United States. We’ve seen debates on how to...

September 8, 2014

States See the Light on Taxes - Rex Sinquefield, Forbes

Recent tax-policy developments in blue and purple states point to a growing recognition that penalties imposed on work harm local economies, ultimately hurting job creation an...

September 3, 2014

Don't Trap People in Medicaid - John C. Goodman, Forbes

Are you worried that Obamacare will lead to a two-tiered health care system, with some people getting quicker care and better care than others? Guess what? For millions of American...

August 29, 2014

On the CBO's New Budget Projections - C. for a Responsible Federal Budget

Today, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released updated budget and economic projections for the coming decade, showing today’s record-high debt levels continuing to ris...

August 28, 2014

Total State and Local Business Taxes - Council on State Taxation

The Council On State Taxation (COST) is pleased to announce the release of the twelfth annual study of state and local business taxes. The report, "Total State and Local Business T...

August 28, 2014

Time to Push for Medicaid-Funded Abortions - Dani McClain, The Nation

On a sunny Wednesday afternoon in August, the All Above All tour bus parked in a busy plaza in the heart of downtown Oakland, California. Around it, activists and advocates milled ...

August 25, 2014

Why Haven't More States Reformed Medicaid? - Paul Blair, ATR

Twenty-seven states including Washington, D.C. have expanded Medicaid under Obamacare over the past three years. New Hampshire was the most recent state to expand the mat...

August 22, 2014

What Happens When We Cut Tax Rates - Howard Gleckman, TaxVox

Reducing tax rates is a guiding principal of most tax reform plans. Even Democrats who see reform partly as a tool to boost revenues agree that some money generated by elimina...

August 21, 2014

Are Private Medicare Plans Better? - Thomas Huelskoetter, ThinkProgress

A growing debate over the Medicare Advantage program has big ramifications for the future of American seniors’ health coverage. Medicare Advantage, an alternative to the trad...

August 21, 2014

Do Taxes Make U.S. Corporations Uncompetitive? - Dave Johnson, CFAF

Corporate tax rates used to top out at 52.8 percent. Later rates were lowered to 48 percent and then 46 percent. Then in 1986 corporations complained that this (lowered) ...

August 20, 2014

General Revenue and Social Security - C. for a Responsible Federal Budget

Social Security is often portrayed in one of two ways, either as its own self-contained program (the “trust fund perspective”) or as part of the broader budget (&l...

August 19, 2014

Getting the Disabled Back to Work - Joseph Lawler, DC Examiner

Why do Trader Joe’s employees wear Hawaiian shirts and address each other as “mate"?...

August 18, 2014

Medicaid Reform: Lessons From Florida - Alexander Bobroske, ATR

As Virginia gears up for a special session next month to reform the state’s Medicaid program, legislators should take note of the success in Florida. First signed into law in 200...

August 16, 2014

The Problem With Payroll-Tax Reallocation - Rachel Greszler, Heritage

Social Security and Disability Insurance (DI) are two separate programs, serving two distinct purposes and beneficiary populations, and are financed by two separate payroll taxes w...

August 16, 2014

Florida's Success With Medicaid Reform - Alexander Bobroske, ATR

As Virginia gears up for a special session next month to reform the state’s Medicaid program, legislators should take note of the success in Florida. First signed into law in...

August 15, 2014

Medicare Trustees' Report: Takeaways - Fontenot & Patel, Health Affairs

Depending on which article you read, either the Medicare Trustees think the program is coming to an end, or the news is great and we don’t need to do anything....

August 15, 2014

Key Points From the New Social Security Report - Kathy Ruffing, CBPP

Social Security can pay full benefits for close to two decades, the trustees’ latest annual report shows, but will then face a significant, though manageable, funding shortfa...

August 13, 2014

Medicare and the ACA Marketplaces - Timothy Jost, Health Affairs

On August 1, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a set of frequently asked questions on the relationship between Medicare and the marketplaces. This is ...

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