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May 22, 2015

Balancing the Budget by 2028 - Gordon Gray & Douglas Holtz-Eakin, AAF

As part of the Peterson Foundation’s Solution Initiative, the American Action Forum developed a “scoreable” policy proposal to set the federal budget on a sustain...

May 21, 2015

Can Republicans Avoid the Romney Tax Trap? - Josh Barro, NY Times

In 2012, Mitt Romney made a promise that would come back to haunt him: that he could cut federal income tax rates by 20 percent across the board; eliminate enough tax ded...

May 20, 2015

Five Think Tank Plans to Fix the Budget - CRFB

The Peter G. Peterson Foundation (PGPF) hosted its 2015 Fiscal Summittoday, which brought together leading lawmakers and policy experts to discuss the nation's economic and fi...

May 19, 2015

Is the Kansas Tax Cut Experiment Working? - James Pethokoukis, AEI

So how goes the Great Kansas Supply-Side Tax Cut Experiment? It has been much criticized by liberals and the national media over the past three years. In the new Nat...

May 16, 2015

A 'Dynamic Scoring' Better Than Paul Ryan's - Kevin D. Williamson, NR

There’s a fair amount of bunkum in accounting, but there is infinitely more of it in the black arts of economic forecasting, something to keep in mind as the Congressional Bu...

May 14, 2015

Medicaid Primary Care Parity - Health Affairs & RWJF

For 2013 and 2014, the federal government raised payment rates to Medicaid primary care providers. Only some states plan to extend the rate increase....

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May 14, 2015

A Real Budget for the Federal Government - James C. Capretta, RCPolicy

House and Senate Republicans have passed their budget plan for the year — called a budget resolution. This is no small achievement. Congress hadn't adopted a budget plan sinc...

May 14, 2015

A Tale of Two Tax Proposals - Bob McIntyre, Citizens for Tax Justice

Within hours of each other today, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio along with U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren will propose two very different tax plans....

May 14, 2015

Chris Christie's Tax Cut for the Rich - Jonathan Chait, New York

Chris Christie, attempting to convince Republicans that his presidential campaign remains alive, has released his economic plan to "raise growth and incomes." The centerp...

May 14, 2015

Medicaid Block Grants: Unconstitutional? - S.R. & T.W., NEJM

In February 2015, Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Richard Burr (R-NC), along with Representative Fred Upton (R-MI), unveiled the Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility, and ...

May 13, 2015

Brackets Don't Complicate the Tax Code - Richard Rubin, Bloomberg

In the TurboTax era, simplifying the tax code has almost nothing to do with the number of tax brackets....

May 11, 2015

States Confront Big Budget Gaps - Christina A. Cassidy, Associated Press

With the nation's economy at its healthiest since the Great Recession, a surprising trend is emerging among the states - large budget gaps....

May 11, 2015

Bill de Blasio's New Budget - R.W., The Economist

BILL DE BLASIO, New York’s mayor, has had a somewhat fraught relationship with the city’s police department. At a time when public trust in the NYPD has been flagging, many o...

May 6, 2015

Means-Testing Won't Save Social Security - Brenton Smith, Fix SS Now

In a recent article, I questioned the candor of Chris Christie in his proposed Social Security reform.  Now it is time to question the wisdom....

May 6, 2015

In Praise of the Land Value Tax - Jeff Spross, The Week

Ben's Chili Bowl is a staple here in the District of Columbia. Established in 1958 by a local African-American family that still runs the joint, its heartburn-inducing half-smoke c...

May 4, 2015

Bernie Sanders Is a Champion for Tax Fairness - Richard Phillips, CTJ

Senator and now presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has one of the strongest records of any elected official when it comes to standing up for tax fairness. In many case...

May 2, 2015

Dynamic Scoring & the GOP Budget's $2T Hole - Eric Pianin, Fiscal Times

Congressional Republicans vowed this year to take a more “dynamic” approach to budgeting in their drive to eliminate the deficit within a decade. Their goal – sim...

May 1, 2015

Finding Savings Through Medicaid Expansion - Michael Ollove, Stateline

Medicaid expansion has given a budget boost to participating states, mostly by allowing them to use federal money instead of state dollars to care for pregnant women, inmates, and ...

April 30, 2015

Is Medicare Spending Increasing? - Chris Jacobs, Wall Street Journal

The Department of Health and Human Services released a report this monthhighlighting the slowdown in Medicare spending growth in recent years. The administration says that Oba...

April 29, 2015

Merge Social Security Retirement and Disability? - Charles Blahous, e21

The urgent financing crisis facing Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) is giving rise to suggestions that the DI Trust Fund be merged with Social Security’s l...

April 29, 2015

The NFL Gives Up Its Tax Exemption - Annie Lowrey, New York Magazine

Today, Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that the National Football League is giving up its tax-exempt status, calling the debate over the finer points of its finances a "distra...

April 28, 2015

Kansas Tax Cuts: The Fallout - Michael Kranish, Boston Globe

Beryl New, the principal at Highland Park High School, adorns her office with photographs of the civil rights struggle, from the scene of Little Rock riots to Martin Luther King&rs...

April 24, 2015

The Problem With the New Medicare Law - Sarah Kliff, Vox

Congress passed a law last week that overhauls Medicare to pay doctors more when they deliver better care — or at least, that's how it's being sold....

April 24, 2015

The Need for Social Security Reform - National Center for Policy Analysis

Social Security is the cornerstone of retirement security in the United States today. A third of Americans depend on the program for almost all their retirement income; without it,...

April 23, 2015

Obamacare, Hands Off My Medicare - Thomas B. Edsall, New York Times

A number of factors underpin the anti-redistributionist shift in public opinion that I wrote about last week....

April 23, 2015

Raising the Retirement Age Is a Disaster for the Poor - Ezra Klein, Vox

There are few policies as popular with politicians, but unpopular with voters, as raising Social Security's retirement age. It's a perennial feature of bipartisan budget negotiatio...

April 23, 2015

How to Cut Taxes and Fund Infrastructure - Detter & Folster, RCPolicy

April 23, 2015

Debating Generational Injustice - Robert Samuelson, Washington Post

If New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has his way, the unfolding presidential campaign will focus on generational fairness. It will seek to curb spending on the elderly -- mainly Socia...

April 22, 2015

The Flat Tax Is Back - Bernie Becker, The Hill

The flat tax is back. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) have both floated an across-the-board tax rate as they've launched their 2016 presidential bids....

April 21, 2015

Whose Social Security Would Christie Cut? - Nick Timiraos, WSJ

The wealthiest 5% of retirees could see their Social Security benefits clipped under aproposal advanced by Gov. Chris Christie, according to some preliminary estimates....

April 21, 2015

Why Tax Reform Is So Hard - Jim Tankersley, Washington Post

Atlas Air isn’t a household-name airline – that’s what happens when you mostly carry cargo – but it buys a lot of big planes. In recent years, it acquired n...

April 21, 2015

A Tax Cut So Big Even the GOP Doesn't Like It - Jonathan Chait, New York

Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign is running into an unusual problem without precedent in the post-Reagan era: His tax cut is too big. The trouble is not so much that his t...

April 17, 2015

Fixing the Budget Process - Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget

With the House and Senate preparing to go to conference to work out the differences between their budget resolutions, we published a paperTuesday outlining the ...

April 17, 2015

Get Your 2014 Federal Taxpayer Receipt - Ashleigh Axios, White House

Here’s how it works: Enter a few key pieces of information, and the Taxpayer Receipt gives you a breakdown of how your taxes are spent on America’s priorities, lik...

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

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 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

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 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 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.)...

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 ...

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