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April 17, 2015

Chris Christie's Tilt at Social Security - Charles Lane, Washington Post

Don Quixote tilted at windmills. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie seems bent on running for president, even after his reputation took a whack over that traffic jam on the George Wash...

April 16, 2015

In Defense of Marco Rubio's Tax Plan - James Pethokoukis, The Week

If voters think the GOP's big economic idea is tax cuts for rich people, the next American president will probably be another Democrat....

April 16, 2015

The Obamas' Tax Return and the 2 Percent - Roberton Williams, TaxVox

The White House released Barack Obama’s 2014 tax return last week. It showed that the President and First Lady paid $93,362 in federal taxes on a total income of $4...

April 16, 2015

The Regulatory Burden of Tax Day - Sam Batkins & Gordon Gray, AAF

As Tax Day approaches, approximately 150 million Americans will have to undergo the thankless task of complying with the nation’s broken tax code. The data on the cost and th...

April 15, 2015

Raise Our Taxes, Please - Danny Vinik, New Republic

Most Americans hate today. After all, it’s Tax Day—and no one likes seeing the federal government take a large chunk of their income. (Well almost no one.)...

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April 15, 2015

The Worst Tax Breaks - Room for Debate, New York Times

The pain of last-minute tax filing is compounded by the thought not just of what you’re paying but what others aren’t. Each year the federal government essentially ...

April 15, 2015

Create Multiple Tax Refund Days for the Poor - Alan Berube, Brookings

April 15 is tax day, but not many Americans will be lining up at the post office or logging onto TurboTax as midnight approaches. Taxpayers who receive refunds often file well ahea...

April 15, 2015

Marco Rubio: Great Tax Deformer - Richard Phillips, Citizens for Tax Justice

Just over a month before announcing his run for president, Sen. Marco Rubio released a tax reform plan that provides trillions in deficit-busting tax cuts for the we...

April 14, 2015

A Bill That Actually Reforms Medicare - Ryan Ellis, ATR

Tomorrow, the Senate will consider H.R. 2, a Medicare-reform bill that has already acquired a classic Beltway acronym, MACRA. Conservatives should give their full support: Accordin...

April 14, 2015

'Doc Fix' Bill Makes Things Worse - Chris Jacobs, America Next

Proponents of the “doc fix” legislation the House passed before Congress’s Easter recess have argued that it would permanently solve the perennial ...

April 14, 2015

Progressive States, Regressive Tax Codes - Josh Harkinson, Mother Jones

A lot of people think the federal tax code should be more progressive, but it looks downright socialist compared to the typical state tax code. A chart released last week...

April 14, 2015

The Biggest Tax Breaks - Drew DeSilver, Pew Research Center

With just a few days to go until the April 15 tax filing deadline, we’re sure some Americans are still sweating over their 1040s, Schedule A’s and self-employment tax w...

April 14, 2015

The Fund Managers' Tax Break - Dean Baker, Truthout

The reason most of us have seen little gain from economic growth over the last three decades is that the rich have rigged the rules to ensure that money flows upward. Through their...

April 14, 2015

Chris Christie Takes On Entitlements - Michael Tanner, RealClearPolicy

New Jersey governor and putative Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie will deliver a speech in New Hampshire today in which he will set out, according to his aides, a "...

April 11, 2015

The Best and Worst States to Be a Taxpayer - WalletHub

The average American household pays roughly $17,000 in federal income taxes each year. And while we’re all faced with the same burden in that regard, there is significant dis...

April 10, 2015

IRS Underfunding Puts Tax Compliance at Risk - Howard Gleckman, TPC

Is the IRS such a mess that the nation’s system of voluntary tax compliance is at risk? Will frustrated taxpayers rebel because they can’t get help with a revenue code ...

April 10, 2015

Ten Government Handouts to the Rich - Badger & Ingraham, Wash Post

In case you are still skeptical that many of the non-poor — and, in fact, a lot of the rich — receive benefits from government, too (for which we don't m...

April 8, 2015

The 'Wealth Tax' Snares the Middle Class - Jeanne Sahadi, CNN Money

April 8, 2015

Fix Our International Tax Laws - Claire Buchan Parker, LIFT America

Friday's jobs report made one thing clear -- the economy doesn't have the strength that our companies need and workers deserve. Fewer jobs were created in March than had been creat...

April 4, 2015

When Government Spending Cuts the Deficit - Henry J. Aaron, Brookings

Hypocrisy is not scarce in the world of politics. But the current House and Senate budget resolutions set new lows. Each proposes to cut about $5 trillion from government spending ...

April 4, 2015

What's in the Lee-Rubio Tax Plan? - Pamela Villarreal, NCPA

Senators Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) have released a blueprint for federal tax reform called the “Economic Growth and Family Fairness Tax Plan.”...

April 3, 2015

The Tax Deductions Economists Hate - Ben Casselman, FiveThirtyEight

If you’ve already filed your tax return,1 chances are you spent time (or paid someone else to spend it) poring over the forms looking for deductions and credits. Have a ...

April 2, 2015

Republicans' Newest Tax Cut for the Rich - Matt O'Brien, Washington Post

A specter is haunting America's super-rich — the specter of progressive taxation....

April 1, 2015

The Decline of Corporate Tax Revenue - Eric Pianin, The Fiscal Times

April 1, 2015

An Almost Perfect Tax Reform - Diana Furchtgott-Roth, MarketWatch

As April 15 approaches, many Americans would welcome a simpler tax plan....

April 1, 2015

SCOTUS vs. Medical Care for the Poor - Ian Millhiser, ThinkProgress

According to a lawsuit filed in 2009, Idaho illegally underpaid home health care providers that enable Medicaid patients to live at home rather than being confined to a hospital or...

April 1, 2015

Medicaid Expansion: Lesson in Unreliability - Jason Fodeman, Madison Institute

I've often heard the saying that “those who refuse to study history are destined to repeat it.” Well, what about those who refuse to examine the present?...

March 30, 2015

Partners in Budget Posturing - Robert Samuelson, Washington Post

When it comes to the federal budget, what consistently unites Democrats and Republicans is their common capacity to lie to themselves, lie to the public and postpone any serious di...

March 28, 2015

End the Subsidy for High-Tax States - Greszler & Dayaratna, Heritage

The state and local tax deduction effectively encourages higher taxes by state and local governments. By requiring higher federal marginal tax rates to replace lost revenue, the st...

March 27, 2015

Should Medicare Be Means-Tested? - Merrill Matthews, Forbes

President Lyndon Johnson did not want his signature legislative achievement, the 1965 passage of the Medicare program, to be a means-tested (i.e., income-dependent) welfare program...

March 27, 2015

Time for Budget Process Reform - James C. Capretta, Mercatus Center

The Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act may be the most important piece of budget process legislation ever enacted in the United States. Yet its essential rules and pr...

March 27, 2015

Cutting Education to Balance State Budgets - Elaine S. Povich, Stateline

Governors in nearly a half-dozen states want to cut state spending on colleges and universities to help close budget shortfalls, often sparking vehement opposition among state lawm...

March 26, 2015

A Guide to the Federal Budget Debate - Americans for Tax Fairness

The budget debate is ultimately a debate about priorities and which side elected officials are on. Conservatives are proposing big tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy, paid f...

March 25, 2015

Taxes and Startup Incentives - Marron & Rosenberg, Tax Policy Center

In a contribution to the Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship blog of Kauffman.org. Joseph Rosenberg and Donald Marron examine how tax policy affects investment incentives...

March 24, 2015

Where GOP Budgets Get Their Cuts - Richard Kogan & Isaac Shapiro, CBPP

The budgets adopted on March 19 by the House Budget Committee and the Senate Budget Committee each cut more than $3 trillion over ten years (2016-2025) from programs that serve peo...

March 23, 2015

House Budget Would Slash SNAP - Rosenbaum & Keith-Jennings, CBPP

The House Budget Committee’s budget plan would convert the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) into a block grant beginning...

March 23, 2015

Danger for the GOP in Balancing the Budget - Bill Scher, RealClearPolitics

The Republican-controlled House and Senate are expected to pass budget resolutions this week. The House version would balance the budget in nine years, cutting spending by $5.5 tri...

March 21, 2015

The Medicare Fix - The Editors, Bloomberg View

Congress is within reach of trashing the old and unworkable formula that Medicare uses to pay doctors. By itself, this is what it sounds like -- a bureaucratic maneuver t...

March 21, 2015

GOP Budgets: Trillion-Dollar Fraudsters - Paul Krugman, New York Times

By now it’s a Republican Party tradition: Every year the party produces a budget that allegedly slashes deficits, but which turns out to contain a trillion-dollar “magi...

March 21, 2015

The Out-of-State-Business Tax Grab - Steve Malanga, Wall Street Journal

As states struggle to boost their revenues, one strategy has become increasingly popular regardless of political party: taxing out-of-state businesses....

March 20, 2015

The Federal Budget in Pictures - The Heritage Foundation

If America does not change course, the future will be dramatically worse. Now more than ever, it is crucial that Americans understand what our nation's spending, taxes, and debt me...

March 19, 2015

GOP Budget Might Double the Uninsured - Jonathan Cohn, Huffington Post

Worried about the number of Americans who still don’t have health insurance? If House Republican leaders get their way, the number will be much bigger -- maybe even twice as big....

March 19, 2015

The House GOP's Unserious Budget - James Pethokoukis, The Week

House Republicans say they want to balance the federal budget and eventually eliminate the federal debt. They do not have a plan to do so....

March 18, 2015

A Balanced Budget for a Stronger Country - House Budget Committee

House Budget Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06) issued the following statement today after the House Budget Committee introduced its Fiscal Year 2016 budget proposal, A Balanced Budg...

March 18, 2015

How GOP Budgets Hide Spending Cuts - Ezra Klein, Vox

At the Wall Street Journal, Kristina Peterson reports that the Senate GOP's upcoming budget will call for "block granting" Medicaid and food stamps. It's a really helpful arti...

March 18, 2015

House Budget: Much to Be Desired - Nicole Kaeding, Cato Institute

House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-GA) released his budget proposal this morning, which outlines spending priorities for 2016 through the next decade. The propo...

March 18, 2015

Balance the Budget for a Prosperous America - Rep. Tom Price, USA Today

At the core of America's character lies a founding belief that we as a people ought to always strive to build a better, more innovative, open and free society. When we look at Amer...

March 17, 2015

Birth of a Tax Loophole - Russell Berman, The Atlantic

How do you get a long-ignored piece of legislation through a gridlocked Congress? If you're a House Republican, your best bet might be having President Obama take the opposite side...

March 17, 2015

Republicans' Plan to Cut Medicaid - Sarah Kliff, Vox

There's much in health-care policy that divides Republicans. But there's one major idea that unites them. Block grants for Medicaid. It's was in Rep. Paul Ryan's budget. It was in ...

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