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  • Statement by Robert Greenstein, President, on the House Passage of Chairman Ryan's Budget Plan
    Robert Greenstein
    April 11, 2014

    House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity” budget, which the House has now passed, is anything but that for most families and individuals.  Affluent Americans would do quite well, but for tens of millions of others, the Ryan plan — which gets 69 …
  • Statement by Robert Greenstein, President, on Chairman Ryan’s Budget Plan
    Robert Greenstein
    April 1, 2014

    Update, April 11: Robert Greenstein has issued a statement on the House passage of the Ryan budget, which includes updated figures. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s new “Path to Prosperity” is, sadly, anything but that for most Americans.  Affluent Americans would do quite well.  But for tens of millions of others, …
  • Preview of New Ryan Budget: As Extreme as Last Year's, If Not More So
    Sharon Parrott and Joel Friedman
    March 31, 2014

    Basic budget arithmetic suggests that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s coming budget will be at least as extreme as his budget last year, and likely more so.  The Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) latest deficit projections are roughly $1 trillion higher over the coming decade than last year’s …
  • Policy Basics: Federal Payroll Taxes
    Updated March 31, 2014

    The federal government levies payroll taxes primarily on wages and self-employment income and uses most of the revenue to fund Social Security, Medicare, and other social insurance benefits.  In fiscal year 2013, federal payroll taxes generated $947 billion, or 34 percent of all federal revenues (see Policy Basics:  Where Do Federal Tax Revenues …
  • Policy Basics: Where Do Our Federal Tax Dollars Go?
    Updated March 31, 2014

    The federal government collects taxes to finance various public services. As policymakers and citizens weigh key decisions about revenues and expenditures, it is instructive to examine what the government does with the money it collects. In fiscal year 2013, the federal government spent $3.5 trillion, amounting to 21 percent of the nation’s Gross …
  • Higher Tobacco Taxes Can Improve Health and Raise Revenue
    Chuck Marr and Chye-Ching Huang[1]
    Updated March 19, 2014

    The President’s proposal to raise the federal excise tax on tobacco products and use the additional revenue to expand preschool education, which he included in both his fiscal year 2014 and 2015 budgets, could achieve the dual goals of reducing the number of premature deaths due to smoking and raising an estimated $78 …
  • Key Elements of the President’s Fiscal Year 2015 Budget
    Joel Friedman, Robert Greenstein and Sharon Parrott
    March 5, 2014

    President Obama’s 2015 budget seeks to strengthen the economic recovery in the near term; reduce deficits and debt as a share of the economy over the medium and long term through higher revenues, program cuts, and comprehensive immigration reform; help low-wage workers by strengthening the Earned Income Tax Credit; and increase …
  • Statement of Robert Greenstein on President Obama’s New Budget
    Robert Greenstein
    March 4, 2014

    President Obama’s new budget is a solid blueprint that would reduce deficits, alleviate poverty, and boost investment in areas needed for future economic growth, such as infrastructure, education, and research.  On the deficit front, the budget confounds the recent predictions of some …
  • Timing Gimmicks Pose Threat to Fiscally Responsible Tax Reform
    Chye-Ching Huang, Chuck Marr, and Nathaniel Frentz[1]
    Updated January 13, 2014

    A key goal of tax reform should be to generate new revenue as part of a balanced deficit-reduction package that replaces sequestration and reduces long-term deficits.[2]  Revenue savings can come from paring back costly and inefficient tax deductions, exclusions, and other tax breaks, known collectively as “tax …
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