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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

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 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 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....

Most Recent Articles

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...

June 18, 2015

Medicare Spending: A Decade of Progress - Harry Stein, CAP

New data released yesterday from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, or CBO, show an enormous decline in projected Medicare spending compared with earlier CBO re...

June 17, 2015

The 2015 Long-Term Budget Outlook - Congressional Budget Office

If current laws remained generally unchanged, federal debt held by the public would exceed 100 percent of GDP by 2040 and continue on an upward path relative to the size of the eco...

June 17, 2015

The Failed Tax Experiment in Kansas - Kelly Davis, CTJ

The drama that ensued over the last few weeks in Topeka is the stuff of telenovelas. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback got emotional when urging lawmakers to vote for a sales tax hike, eve...

June 15, 2015

Lament for Medicare's Sustainable Growth Rate - John Graham, RCPolicy

Supported by health-care interests, Medicare beneficiaries, and an overwhelming bipartisan consensus in Congress, President Obama has signed a law that will change how Medicare pay...

June 15, 2015

What's Wrong With Louisiana? - Scott Sumner, The Money Illusion

Tyler Cowen has a post on the problems encountered by Republican tax cutters at the state level.  The post focused on Kansas and Louisiana, which were both recently force...

June 11, 2015

Would the Poor Prefer Cash to Medicaid? - Megan McArdle, Bloomberg

Medicaid is the nation's largest means-tested transfer program, and even conservatives generally acknowledge that it makes its recipients better off. It's hard not to make people b...

June 9, 2015

Why Connecticut Is Self-Destructing - Lewis M. Andrews, RealClearPolicy

The recent passage in Connecticut of a $40 billion budget that seeks $1.5 billion in tax increases and fees, makes permanent a 20 percent surcharge on business income, and for the ...

June 8, 2015

The Tax Deduction for Extortion Payments - Josh Barro, New York Times

When I was researching my article about Dennis Hastert’s indictment on charges that he improperly withdrew large sums of money from a bank, one question I had was w...

June 5, 2015

City Fees Keep Rising Instead of Taxes - Kriston Capps, CityLab

Between 2007 and 2012, through the Great Recession and into the recovery, fees on everything from hospitals and airports to schools and social services increased by more than 7 per...

June 5, 2015

Kansas's Tax Cuts Might Pay Off Yet - James Pethokoukis, The Week

Republican presidential candidates touting big tax-cut plans should be sobered by what's happening in Kansas right now. The state legislature is scrambling to pass a budg...

June 4, 2015

Real, Simple, Transparent Tax Reform - Jeff Lerner, NCPA

Every candidate running for the presidency in 2016 will trumpet tax reform as part of his or her agenda. The contenders may propose to reduce rates, eliminate deductions, or give c...

June 3, 2015

A Strategy for Medicare Payment Reform - Topher Spiro, CAP

Medicare currently pays for most health care services on a fee-for-service, or FFS, basis, paying doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers separately for each item and s...

June 3, 2015

Oregon's Flawed Per-Mile Tax - Carl Davis, Citizens for Tax Justice

On July 1, up to 5,000 Oregon residents can sign up for a program that indefinitely exempts them from the state’s gasoline tax.  Instead, these drivers will pay a flat 1...

June 3, 2015

Tax Cuts and the GOP Field - Michael Tanner, National Review

"God,” the late columnist Robert Novak used to say, “put the Republican party on earth to cut taxes.”...

June 2, 2015

Jeb Bush's Medicaid Reforms Are Working - John C. Goodman, RCPolicy

Jeb Bush is often called a "moderate." Yet that may be more because of his style than his political beliefs. While he was governor of Florida, Bush was probably the most aggressive...

May 30, 2015

Medicare Advantage Under the ACA - Senger & Moffit, Heritage Foundation

Medicare Advantage (MA) is a highly popular program that offers seniors a private alternative to traditional Medicare. While MA enrollment steadily increases, the Affordable Care A...

May 29, 2015

Rick Santorum's Tax Proposals - Richard Phillips, Citizens for Tax Justice

Former Pennsylvania senator and now Republicanpresidential candidate Rick Santorum has long touted himself as a champion of the “blue-collar” crowd, yet his record on tax poli...

May 29, 2015

Scott Walker's Supply Side Heresies - Henry Olsen, EPPC

Like all the GOP presidential contenders, Scott Walker is being advised by economists and editorial writers to adopt a “cut the top rate first” tax policy. It would be ...

May 26, 2015

Obama's Budget, Broken Down - Nathaniel Pearlman, Vox

How can you visually compare what the Air Force spends researching the "space fence" and other far-flung projects with the budget of the Food and Drug Administration, which tries t...

May 26, 2015

What's Huckabee's Social Security Plan? - James C. Capretta, NR

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is setting out on a populist course in hopes of securing the Republican nomination for president in 2016. Among other things, he has come out...

May 23, 2015

How Medicare Sets Its Rates - Nicholas Bagley, Incidental Economist

Yesterday, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a withering report on how Medicare sets the fee schedule for paying physicians....

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

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 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....

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...

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