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May 14, 2010

This week on Off the Charts, we examined the new Senate climate change proposal, fact-checked claims about health reform, and discussed federal and state tax policies and their effects on deficits.

Robert Greenstein Receives 2010 Daniel Patrick Moynihan Prize

May 14, 2010

Last night, the Center’s executive director, Robert Greenstein, received the 2010 Daniel Patrick Moynihan Prize, from the American Academy of Political and Social Science “to honor those whose careers in the academic or public arena have been dedicated to the use of social science research to improve public policy.” Daniel Patrick Moynihan was U.S. Senator from New York, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, official in four presidential administrations, Harvard professor, prolific author, and leading public intellectual on a wide range of domestic and international issues.

More on Taxes and the Poor

May 12, 2010

David Brunori at State Tax Notes discusses our recent report on states taxing low-income residents (we blogged about this here and here) and agrees with our key arguments:

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May 7, 2010

This week on Off the Charts, we took a closer look at the economy and efforts by states to balance their budgets.

Q & A with Jim Horney on Health Reform and the Deficit, Part 5

May 7, 2010

This Q & A is part five in a series on myths about health reform and its impact on the federal budget deficit with Jim Horney, our director of federal fiscal policy.

Q & A With Nick Johnson on State Budgets and Education Reform

May 4, 2010

As today’s USA Today details, policymakers, unions, and celebrities are speaking out against large-scale teacher layoffs across the country — the Obama Administration estimates that as many as 300,000 teachers could lose their jobs. School districts face tough spending choices due to state budget cuts and an end to federal Recovery Act funding.

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April 30, 2010

With discussion about addressing the federal deficit in Washington this week, we focused primarily on this topic in Off the Charts:

Q & A with Jim Horney on Health Reform and the Deficit, Part 4

April 30, 2010

This Q & A is part four in a series on myths about health reform and its impact on the federal budget deficit with Jim Horney, our director of federal fiscal policy.

Greenstein: Don't Forget Tax Expenditures

April 29, 2010

Following up our post yesterday about the Peterson Foundation’s National Fiscal Summit, here’s a bit of what the Center’s executive director, Robert Greenstein, had to say:

Fact of the Day

April 28, 2010

If we continue current policies, the federal debt will skyrocket to almost three times the existing record by 2050. That’s from 53 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) at the end of fiscal year 2009 to more than 300 percent of GDP in 2050. The existing record was set when the debt reached 110 percent of GDP at the end of World War II.

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