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April 24, 2015

This week on Off the Charts, we focused on the federal budget and taxes and health.

On the federal budget and taxes, we described ten serious flaws that the House and Senate budget plans share. David Reich...
Depths of Cuts to Programs for People with Low or Modest Incomes Under House and Senate Budgets, in 2025
April 24, 2015

The bills funding the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, as well as the IRS and other core government functions, next year would face the biggest cuts under the House Appropriations Committee allocation of its 2016 funds among the 12 annual appropriations bills.

These allocations, which the committee approved this week, reflect the tight annual caps on...

Budget - Penny Pie Chart
April 23, 2015

Medicaid critics often claim that the program lacks sufficient flexibility to implement strategies that would help states lower Medicaid spending and improve beneficiaries' health. But that's not true. As we explained in a recent paper, states do have that...

Health - Pills and Money
April 22, 2015

The Senate Finance Committee's Subcommittee on Health Care will hold a hearing tomorrow on the 2.3-percent medical device excise tax that Congress enacted to help pay for health reform. We recently updated our...

Health - Money and Stethoscope
April 21, 2015

The House Appropriations Committee is expected tomorrow to allocate 2016 funding among its 12 subcommittees, one of which oversees the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The so-called "THUD" subcommittee is apparently one of the few that will receive a significant increase over 2015 funding. The committee is right to prioritize THUD funding, most of which...

Housing - Rowhouses
April 20, 2015

As members of the House and Senate tasked with resolving differences between the Senate and House budget plans prepare to meet today, they'll discuss plans that are largely aligned -- and similarly flawed. As we explain in a new paper, the House and Senate plans have in common a number of serious flaws that likely will also apply to any final agreement.

April 17, 2015

This week on Off the Charts, we focused on federal and state taxes and the safety net.

On federal and state taxes, Chuck Marr explained how the House Republican approach to make "tax extenders" permanent represents both ill-advised fiscal...
April 17, 2015

Forget the conventional wisdom. Americans overwhelmingly take pride in paying their taxes, recent IRS Oversight Board survey data show.

Our country's tax system functions largely on a...

April 17, 2015

Undocumented immigrants pay a larger share of their income in state and local taxes than the nation's top earners and immigration reform would improve state and local finances across the country, a new report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) shows.

Undocumented immigrants pay sales taxes when they buy goods and...

April 16, 2015

We often hear that Medicaid beneficiaries use the emergency room (ER) for too much of their health care. In response, some states have tried to reduce non-emergency use of the ER by charging beneficiaries co-pays. As we explained in a recent paper, however, this approach is flawed -- and other states have found better ways...

Health - Ambulance Emergency Room