Taxes and the Economy

Brief: Why Budget and Tax Plans Shouldn’t Use Dynamic Scoring

Congress should reject calls to use “dynamic scoring,” which includes estimates of how proposed policies would affect the size of the economy and thus revenues, in official cost estimates for tax reform and other major legislation.

Modeling the economy is extraordinarily difficult; even the best analyses leave tremendous uncertainty and are sensitive to the economic models and assumptions used. Estimates of macroeconomic effects of policy changes are thus highly subject to manipulation. Including them in budget estimates would damage the credibility of the budget process. Read more

Related: Budget and Tax Plans Should Not Rely on “Dynamic Scoring”

More: Federal Tax Analyses

Health Reform

Further Health Coverage Gains, Especially in Medicaid Expansion States

The number of uninsured Americans fell by 6.8 million over the first two quarters of 2014, preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Health Interview Survey show. 

These are the most up-to-date government survey data on the early impacts of health reform’s major coverage expansions, which took effect in January.  And they show a widening coverage gap between states that have adopted health reform’s Medicaid expansion and other states. Read more

Related: Tennessee Proposal Shows Growing Momentum for Medicaid Expansion

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