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Ryan’s Cowardly Budget

April 6, 2011

The Center has just issued a statement on House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget plan and a brief analysis showing that the plan would get about two-thirds of its more than $4 trillion in budget cuts over 10 years from programs that serve people of limited means.

In Case You Missed It...

April 1, 2011

This week on Off the Charts, we talked about the federal budget, the economy, taxes, state budgets, and health care.

“Tax Freedom Day” Greatly Overstates Typical Household’s Taxes

March 30, 2011

The Tax Foundation announced today that what it calls “Tax Freedom Day” for 2011, or the day it claims Americans will have “earned enough money to pay this year’s tax obligations at the federal, state and local levels,” will occur on April 12. We’re updating our analysis explaining the problems with this annual report, but in the meantime, here are the basics:

In Case You Missed It...

March 25, 2011

This week on Off the Charts, we focused on the federal budget, health, state budgets, and housing.

Q & A: Radical Medicaid Proposals Could Add Millions to Ranks of Uninsured

March 24, 2011

In the intensifying debate over cutting federal spending, we’re hearing more and more about troubling proposals to change Medicaid from a program with open-ended federal financing to a program with capped funding. Edwin Park, Vice President for Health Policy here at the Center, discusses the growing concern:

How to Tackle the Deficit — and How Not to

March 24, 2011

We issued a major report today that suggests a framework for a comprehensive deficit reduction package. It discusses the appropriate mix of tax and program savings for it, recommends some important ways to achieve those savings, explains the effects that such a package should have on poverty and inequality, and highlights some misguided proposals that policymakers should avoid.

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March 18, 2011

This week on Off the Charts, we talked about the federal budget, Medicaid, state budgets, and poverty.

Q & A: Basic Facts About State and Local Workers

March 17, 2011

There’s been a lot of controversy lately about public sector workers, as collective bargaining rights have come under fire in states like Ohio and Wisconsin. Unfortunately there’s also been a lot of misinformation in the debate.

While Deficit Cutting, Keep the Goal of Shared Prosperity in Mind

March 15, 2011

Following up on yesterday’s post on Robert Greenstein’s Senate Budget Committee testimony on tax reform and deficit reduction, here’s another one: in the excerpt below, Greenstein explains why deficit-reduction initiatives should protect the most vulnerable Americans and avoid worsening inequality:

Tax Expenditures a Good Target for Deficit-Reduction Efforts

March 14, 2011

Testifying before the Senate Budget Committee on tax reform and deficit reduction, Center Executive Director Robert Greenstein stated recently that reforming tax expenditures — i.e., spending that is delivered through the tax code rather than through public programs — can reduce deficits, promote economic efficiency, and make the tax code more progressive at the same time. Here are some excerpts: