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April 16, 2014

President Obama's 2015 Budget - Romina Boccia et al., Heritage Foundation

President Barack Obama revealed his budget request for the 2015 fiscal year on March 4—one month after the legal deadline for the President’s budget proposal. The document outl...

April 16, 2014

Rich States, Poor States, 2014 Edition - Arthur B. Laffer et al., ALEC

Throughout the country, states are looking for ways to energize their economies and become more competitive. Each state confronts this task with a set of policy decisions unique to...

April 15, 2014

A Sadder and Poorer Tax Day - Grover Norquist, Washington Times

Today is April 15, Tax Day.The federal government will consume 20.5 percent of America’s total income this year. It’s not as bad as in France or Greece, but s...

April 15, 2014

Uncluttering State Tax Systems - Will Marshall & Paul Weinstein, RCPolicy

Over the last week, as you've raced to file your taxes by the deadline today, you've no doubt been bombarded on talk radio, cable TV, and the opinion pages about how complex and an...

April 15, 2014

Our Unsustainable Debt Path - Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget

In advance of the release of their analysis of the President's budget, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has updated their budget baseline for fiscal years 2015-2024....

April 14, 2014

Refusing to Expand Medicaid Kills People - Brian Beutler, New Republic

On Wednesday, the Orlando Weekly published the explosive and infuriating story of Charlene Dill, a struggling, 32 year old mother of three who collapsed and died on a str...

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April 14, 2014

Is There a Way Out of Taxifornia? - Joseph Fleming, RealClearPolicy

Considering that James V. Lacy titled his critique of California's fiscal policies "Taxifornia: Liberals' Laboratory to Bankrupt America," it's no mystery what he thinks of the sta...

April 14, 2014

The Upside to Taxes: Inequality Insurance - Robert J. Shiller, NY Times

Paying taxes is rarely pleasant, but as April 15 approaches it’s worth remembering that our tax system is a progressive one and serves a little-noticed but crucial purpose: I...

April 14, 2014

Frivolous Arguments Against Tax Law Compliance - IRS

This document describes and responds to some of the common frivolous arguments made by individuals and groups who oppose compliance with the federal tax laws. The first sectio...

April 12, 2014

Fix Social Security: A Millennial's Case - Brian Lamberta, Next New Deal

As a public policy student, I’m used to hearing lively debates and diverse perspectives from my professors, fellows students, and course materials. There is one issue on whic...

April 12, 2014

Income Tax: Ten Things to Fix - Chris Edwards, The Daily Caller

The Internal Revenue Service scandal over the targeting of conservative groups has highlighted the agency’s power to obstruct our political freedoms. Filing taxes every April als...

April 12, 2014

Where Our State Tax Dollars Go - Chris Mai, CBPP

As Tax Day approaches, we’ve updated several backgrounders that explain how the federal government and states collect and spend tax dollars.  As policymakers and citizen...

April 12, 2014

Remember the Effective Tax Rate - Dan Danner, NFIB

It turns out tax reform is alive after all. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) literally put the issue on the table recently when he unveiled a discussion ...

April 11, 2014

GOP Budget Puts Trust in the American People - Rep. Paul Ryan, CNN

For the fourth year in a row, House Republicans have passed a balanced budget....

April 11, 2014

How Important Is Tax Simplicity? - Howard Gleckman, Tax Policy Center

One of the biggest  selling points for tax reform is the claim that a new and improved revenue code would be easier for taxpayers to manage. Along with economic growth an...

April 11, 2014

The State Tax Complexity Index - Paul Weinstein, Progressive Policy

Across the political spectrum there is broad agreement that tax reform is long overdue. Yet reform remains an elusive goal—not just in Washington, but also at the state level...

April 10, 2014

Let There Be Light on Health Spending - Froma Harrop, Creators

Foes of Obamacare often frame such health reforms as "redistribution" schemes. They take money from hardworking Americans and give it to the presumably undeserving....

April 10, 2014

An Alternative Budget for 2015 - Congressional Black Caucus

Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Chair Marcia L. Fudge released the following statement on her introduction of the CBC Alternative Budget. Floor debate on the CBC Alternative Budge...

April 10, 2014

The GOP's Budget, State by State - Amy Brundage, White House

House Republicans this week are voting on a budget that protects tax breaks for the wealthiest rather than create opportunities for middle-class families to get ahead.It is th...

April 9, 2014

This Is Why It's So Hard to Cut Medicare - Peter Suderman, Reason

Have you ever had a friend who is chronically about to start a diet? Yes, he admits, he needs to reduce his calorie consumption, and he has for a while. That’s why he’l...

April 9, 2014

How Reform Could Streamline Tax Filing - Curtis S. DuBay, Heritage

April 15, the day Americans’ tax returns for the previous year are due to the IRS, is fast approaching. Families all over the country are scrambling to find documentation for...

April 9, 2014

Taxes Are Going Up on the Rich - Roberton Williams, Tax Policy Center

As the April 15 deadline for filing 2013 income taxes nears, most of us are finding that Uncle Sam will take about the same share of our income as last year. But the story is very ...

April 8, 2014

Who Pays Taxes in America 2014 - Citizens for Tax Justice

All Americans pay taxes. Everyone who works pays federal payroll taxes. Everyone who buys gasoline pays federal and state gas taxes. Everyone who owns or rents a home directly or i...

April 7, 2014

Corporate Taxes Need Structural Reform - Toder & Viard, Tax Policy Center

A corporate income tax can play a useful role by preventing shareholders from deferring tax on retained corporate profits. The current U.S. corporate income tax is deeply flawed, h...

April 7, 2014

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 in Rep. Paul Ryan's budget. It was in Mitt...

April 4, 2014

Paul Ryan's Tax Cuts for Millionaires - Citizens for Tax Justice

As in previous years, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan has released a budget proposal that includes some specific, enormous tax cuts with a vague promise that the amount o...

April 3, 2014

Don't Block Grant SNAP and Medicaid - Stephanie Mencimer, Mother Jones

House budget committee chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has lately rebranded himself as an advocate for the poor, albeit with his own makers-versus-takers, Ayn Randian twist. He re...

April 2, 2014

Ryan's Budget: Pros and Cons - Romina Boccia, The Foundry

Today, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan released the Fiscal Year 2015 Path to Prosperity Budget. Building on foundations established in 2011, this plan seeks to ...

April 2, 2014

Fiscal Year 2015 Budget - Paul Ryan, House Committee on the Budget

Washington owes the American people a responsible, balanced budget. This is a plan to balance the budget in ten years and create jobs....

April 2, 2014

Paul Ryan Just Made Tax Reform Harder - Danny Vinik, The New Republic

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan released his 2015 budget on Tuesday and, as usual, it calls for massive spending cuts of $5.1 trillion. But the most important p...

March 29, 2014

ACA Reform Both Parties Can Agree On - Topher Spiro, U.S. News

The Obama administration’s recent notice of cuts to private Medicare plans has unleashed a political firestorm and a new wave of attacks against the Affordable Care Act. Even...

March 28, 2014

It's Time for Online Sales Tax Fairness - Penelope Lemov, Governing

After a March 12 hearing of the House Judiciary Committee, Congress is mighty close to passing an Internet tax bill that would make it possible for states and localities ...

March 26, 2014

Why Debt Matters - Alice M. Rivlin, Brookings Institution

I am glad you are holding this hearing to focus Congressional and public attention on why debt matters and appreciate the opportunity to share my views. The question of what to do ...

March 26, 2014

Rethinking Homeowner Tax Benefits - Hanson et al., National Affairs

The individual income-tax code offers a multitude of benefits for home owners. The largest in dollar terms, and the most apparent to taxpayers, is the mortgage-interest deduction, ...

March 26, 2014

The Case Against Expanding Medicaid - Michael Tanner, NRO

Even as those parts of Obamacare that have not yet been postponed stagger toward the finish line on March 31, one part of the president’s health-care law continues to build m...

March 24, 2014

Reject the 'Tax Extenders' - Citizens for Tax Justice

Congress appears likely to enact legislation that Capitol Hill insiders call the “tax extenders” because it extends several tax breaks that are technically te...

March 22, 2014

Obama Is No Runaway Spender - Jared Bernstein, New York Times

You know that rap about runaway spending under Obama?  Well, if you actually look at the outlays on the books during the Obama administration, adjusting for inflation and popu...

March 22, 2014

Taxes and Inequality - Leonard E. Burman, Urban Institute

This paper reviews historical trends in economic inequality and tax policy’s role in reducing it. It documents the various reasons why income inequality continues to rise, pa...

March 22, 2014

The End of the Medicaid Holdouts? - Lucia Graves, The Atlantic

As Planned Parenthood supporters rallied outside Florida Governor Rick Scott's office earlier this week, state Senator Arthenia Joyner lashed out at opponents of Medicaid expansion...

March 21, 2014

The Rise and Fall of Serious Tax Reform - Norm Ornstein, The Atlantic

The climate this year for significant policy accomplishment is as grim as it could be....

March 21, 2014

The CPC Budget Shows We Don't Need Sequestration - CTJ

Last week, the Congressional Progressive Caucus released its budget proposal, the Better Off Budget, which eliminates the automatic spending cuts (the “sequestration” that has...

March 19, 2014

The Case for the President's Budget - Sylvia Mathews Burwell, OMB

The President’s 2015 Budget provides a roadmap for accelerating economic growth and expanding opportunity for all while continuing to improve the nation’s long-term fis...

March 19, 2014

State and Local Sales Tax Rates in 2014 - Scott Drenkard, Tax Foundation

Retail sales taxes are one of the more transparent ways to collect tax revenue. While graduated income tax rates and brackets are complex and confusing to many taxpayers, the sales...

March 19, 2014

A Bad Solution to the Internet Sales Tax Mess - Howard Gleckman, Forbes

Ten months ago the Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation aimed at sorting out the mess over online sales taxes, which consumers owe but states rarely collect. Now, House GOP lea...

March 18, 2014

The Progressive Caucus's Budget - Dean Baker, The Guardian

The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) released its budget last week. As usual, it was almost completely ignored by the major media outlets. As a result, we know very litt...

March 18, 2014

Cuomo's Tax Policies Don't Go Far Enough - Steven Malanga, City Journal

In the last eight months, New York governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed two major economic and tax initiatives that have spurred intense opposition from factions on the left. Last Ju...

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

GOP BUDGET

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