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August 27, 2015

Little Competition in Medicare Advantage - Commonwealth Fund

Competition among private Medicare Advantage (MA) plans is seen by some as leading to lower premiums and expanded benefits. But how much competition exists in MA markets? Using a s...

August 27, 2015

Etsy's Brazen Tax Avoidance - Matt Gardner, Citizens for Tax Justice

The online craft website Etsy is facing new scrutiny for its recent decision to shift some of its intellectual property into a secretive Irish subsidiary. As Bloomberg reported la...

August 26, 2015

Social Security Isn't a Safety Net - Brenton Smith, Fix Social Security Now

One of the most pervasive myths in the debate about Social Security promotes the role of the program in the alleviation of poverty....

August 26, 2015

Update to the Budget and Economic Outlook - Congressional Budget Office

CBO expects that the deficit this year will be $426 billion––$60 billion less than projected in March. The economy is expected to expand modestly this year, at a solid ...

August 22, 2015

The States Most Dependent on Sin Taxes - Mike Maciag, Governing

While a lot of states would like to find ways to raise more revenue, lawmakers frequently resist tinkering with income or sales taxes. One of the more politically feasible options ...

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August 22, 2015

State Sales Tax Holidays in 2015 - Scott Drenkard, Tax Foundation

This week’s tax map comes from our recent report examining sales tax holidays across the nation. The study explains why, in spite of their political expediency, the...

August 19, 2015

Four Myths About Social Security - Adam Rosenberg, RealClearPolicy

This month marks the 80th birthday of the Social Security program. For decades, the program has been a vital lifeline for retirees, the disabled, and their families and has lifted ...

August 15, 2015

Social Security: Still Going Strong at Age 80 - Bryann DaSilva, CBPP

August 15, 2015

Retirement Isn't What It Used to Be - Bourree Lam, The Atlantic

Social-security accelerated decline in employment for those 65 and older starting in the 1940s, and which continued until the 1980s, when labor participation rates for those 65 and...

August 14, 2015

Why Was Soc Sec Designed Like A Ponzi Scheme? - John Goodman, Forbes

What rational person would choose a system that makes promises to pay workers benefits 45 years in the future without making any provision to save and invest the funds needed to pa...

August 14, 2015

Poverty-Buster That's No Liberal Fantasy - Cass Sunstein, Bloomberg View

What would you think if a presidential candidate -- Republican or Democrat -- proposed a new federal program claiming to reduce poverty, boost employment, improve the health of inf...

August 10, 2015

Rewarding Tax-Time Savings - Harry Stein & Joe Valenti, CAP

The Retirement Savings Contribution Credit, more commonly known as the Saver’s Credit, is meant to help low- and moderate-income families save for retirement by offering...

August 7, 2015

Medicare Devours the Federal Government - John R. Graham, RCPolicy

In the last few years, the Medicare trustees’ annual financial report has been met with complacency. Because Medicare’s fiscal problems appear not to be worsening, peop...

August 7, 2015

Five Republican Tax Myths - Americans for Tax Fairness

We tune into presidential debates for the surprises (who knew Rick Perry couldn’t count to three?), but most of what happens is all too predictable. At a GOP debate, you can ...

August 1, 2015

Travel Taxes: The Hidden Trifecta - Jacob Kohlhepp, NCPA

In recent years, in a drive toward more revenue, officials at every level of government have raised a trifecta of travel-based taxes dramatically. As a result, travelers ...

July 31, 2015

Time's Running Out to Fix Social Security - Charles Blahous, e21

Last week saw the publication of the annual Social Security and Medicare trustees’ reports, along with an accompanying summary. The occasion was bitt...

July 31, 2015

A Destination-Based Corporate Tax - Reuven S. Avi-Yonah, SSRN

In 1993, I published a paper advocating a destination-based corporate income tax (DBCT) (Avi-Yonah, 1993). Under DBCT, multinational enterprises (MNEs) would be treated as unitary ...

July 31, 2015

Most Medicaid Funds Don't Help Recipients - John Graham, InsideSources

Medicaid is the largest means-tested welfare program in the United States. Jointly funded by state and federal governments, its spending grows relentlessly whether the economy is a...

July 30, 2015

Medicare, Medicaid: 50 Years of Failure - Robert Moffit, Daily Signal

Fifty years ago, on July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed legislation creating the nation’s two largest federal health entitlements, Medicare and Medicaid....

July 30, 2015

How Medicare Can Live to 100 - Loren Adler, RealClearPolicy

Medicare hits an important marker today — its 50th birthday. To make sure it reaches its 100th, policymakers must remain vigilant in improving the program for generations to come...

July 30, 2015

Social Security: Insolvent by 2035 - Romina Boccia, Heritage

Social Security ran a $39 billion deficit in 2014, closing out five years of consecutive cash-flow deficits as the program’s revenues from the payroll tax and the taxation of...

July 29, 2015

Scott Walker's Tax Cut Plan - Richard Phillips, Citizens for Tax Justice

After his 2011 election, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker aggressively pursued and helped pass a series of tax cuts in 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015. His policies pushed the state into bad ...

July 29, 2015

Medicaid: Its Value and How to Improve It - Pollack et al., Prospect

July 30 marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid, the two essential pillars of public health insurance in America. Medicare, for all of its shortcomings and enormous cos...

July 28, 2015

States That Cut Taxes Do So At Their Peril - William Gale, RCM

Ever since the 1970s, when Jude Wanniski and Arthur Laffer came up with the ideas that are now referred to as supply-side economics, conservative politicians have been unable to re...

July 27, 2015

The Case for Expanding Social Security - Robert Kuttner, Prospect

This is the season when we hear calls to cut Social Security. That's because of theannual trustees report on the system's financial condition....

July 24, 2015

The Status of Social Security and Medicare - SSA

Each year the Trustees of the Social Security and Medicare trust funds report on the current and projected financial status of the two programs. This message summarizes the 2015 An...

July 24, 2015

The IRS's ACA Money Grab - Diana Furchtgott-Roth, MarketWatch

Hey, employers, don’t even think about reimbursing your workers’ health-insurance premiums....

July 21, 2015

Congress Is Botching International Tax Reform - Patrick Holland, e21

The Highway Trust Fund will be insolvent by the first week of September and faces a $169 billion budget shortfall in the next ten years, but Congress has been slow to find a long-t...

July 20, 2015

Medicare's Midlife Crisis - David Hogberg, Washington Examiner

As Maryanne Wood sits on the passenger side of the car, she reaches forward and closes the air conditioning vent....

July 20, 2015

Growth Fantasies and Tax Cuts - Noah Smith, Bloomberg View

Jeb Bush says that if he's elected president he wants to get us to sustained gross domestic product growth of 4 percent a year. I'mhighly skeptical, and I'm far from the only one. ...

July 20, 2015

Medicaid's Long-Term Benefits for Kids - Judith Solomon, RCPolicy

The Supreme Court's recent decision upholding federal subsidies to help low-income Americans buy health insurance means health reform is here to stay, and states have no reason to ...

July 13, 2015

Medicaid at 50 - Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

The program has transformed health care for low-income families and individuals, including children, parents, pregnant mothers, seniors, and people with disabilities....

July 11, 2015

Hedge Fund Managers' Tax Cheat - David Dayen, American Prospect

For nearly a decade, Democrats from President Obama on down have vowed to close the “carried interest” loophole, which allows investment managers to classify ...

July 9, 2015

Long Term Budget Picture Is Improving - Richard Kogan, CBPP

The Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) new report on the budget picture opens by saying, "The long-term outlook for the federal budget has worsened dramatically over the past seve...

July 9, 2015

Chicago's 'Cloud Tax' - Chris Abrams, RealClearTechnology

Last week Chicago added a nine percent tax to Internet streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Cloud. The “cloud tax,” formulated and passed by the city...

July 9, 2015

Medicaid Expansion: Math and Politics - Christine Vestal, Stateline

Tampa, Fla. — With its ruling in King v. Burwell last month, the U.S. Supreme Court likely settled the question of whether President Barack Obama's signature A...

July 6, 2015

Medicare Payment Reform: Aligning Incentives - Commonwealth Fund

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has provided the Medicare program with an array of tools to improve the quality of care that beneficiaries receive and to increase the efficiency with...

July 1, 2015

$38 Billion in Social Security Overpayments - Emma Boone, ATR

According to the United States Social Security website, the Social Security Administration (SSA) funds two of the biggest beneficiary programs, the Social Security Disability Insur...

June 27, 2015

What's Holding Up State Budgets? - Liz Farmer, Governing

With just one week left in the 2015 fiscal year, more than a dozen state governments have yet to agree on a spending plan for the coming year. Of the states that have reached an ag...

June 26, 2015

The Future of Social Security - Peter Ferrara, National Affairs

In 2008, the eldest members of the Baby Boom generation turned 62 and became eligible to collect early retirement benefits from Social Security. Shortly thereafter, in 2010, Social...

June 26, 2015

Social Security: Titanic Headed For the Iceberg - Andrew Biggs, RCM

There is bad news to come regarding Social Security - not merely for the "1 percenters" but for ordinary Americans, who must either pay more to Social Security or receive less from...

June 25, 2015

An Outbound Flow From High-Tax States - John W. Schoen, CNBC

Everyone complains about taxes. But millions of American households apparently are doing something about it: Picking up and moving....

June 24, 2015

When Insurers Game Medicare - John Tozzi, Bloomberg

Two years ago, Anita Silingo accused health insurance companies of brazenly ripping off the government. Silingo, who worked at a company called MedXM that consulted ...

June 24, 2015

Donald Trump's Retrograde Tax Plan - Richard Phillips, CTJ

Billionaire businessman, television personality and now presidential candidate Donald Trump is the latest candidate to jump into the race. He has made a number of tax pro...

June 23, 2015

Distribution of Taxes, Income, and Spending - Kevin Perese, CBO

The Distribution of Household Income, Federal Taxes, and Government Spending fromCongressional Budget Office...

June 20, 2015

Walmart's Tax Havens - Americans for Tax Fairness

A groundbreaking report reveals that Walmart has built a vast, undisclosed network of 78 subsidiaries and branches in 15 overseas tax havens, which may be used to minimize foreign ...

June 19, 2015

Social Security's Burgeoning Shortfall - Andrew G. Biggs, Forbes

The Congressional Budget Office today released its annual Long-Term Budget Outlook, showing that Social Security’s long-term funding gap has more than quadrupled si...

June 19, 2015

How GE Doesn't Pay State Income Taxes - Citizens for Tax Justice

Last week the Connecticut legislature agreed on a budget for fiscal year 2016 that includes loophole-closing provisions designed to make sure that profitable multi-state corporatio...

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