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The Misinformed Attack on Medicaid Provider Taxes

December 10, 2012

With the “fiscal cliff” approaching and policy decisions pending on a wide array of budgetary fronts, the risk is growing that policymakers could adopt changes that affect millions of people based on limited understanding, or even misunderstanding, of the proposals’ impacts — especially on people at the bottom of the economic scale or otherwise vulnerable or frail.

One example involves...

New Toomey Plan Not a Useful Step Toward a Compromise Deficit Agreement

July 26, 2012

Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) this week outlined what he described as a compromise deficit-reduction proposal that includes significant revenues.  The reality is very nearly the opposite.
The Toomey proposal includes only modest revenues, and it then...

Don’t Blame the Safety Net

May 10, 2012

Federal spending on low-income programs has gone up considerably in recent years, a development discussed at a recent House Budget Committee hearing.  A new CBPP analysis examines why and explains that low-income programs outside of health care are not a factor in our serious long-term budget problems.  Here’s the opening:...

Senator Toomey’s Tax Plan Can’t Do Everything That He Says It Does

February 16, 2012

Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) pounced on CNN’s Soledad O’Brien this week when she raised findings from an analysis that CBPP issued last fall of the tax plan that the Senator proposed to the congressional “Supercommittee.”  Senator Toomey asserted that a finding that O’Brien cited — that his tax plan would raise taxes on people making less than $200,000 — was “factually wrong and ridiculous.”...

Repairing the Safety Net

February 7, 2012

Mitt Romney said last week that if the safety net “needs a repair, I’ll fix it.”  It does need some repair, as our recent blog series explained.  That is, the safety net works but still...

Will the Real Mitt Romney Please Stand Up?

February 1, 2012

As you may have heard, Mitt Romney said this morning, “I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs a repair, I’ll fix it.” We’re glad the governor is expressing support for a safety net and for fixing it if it needs repair.  Yet his own...

Romney’s Wrong: Federal Low-Income Program Dollars Go Overwhelmingly to Beneficiaries

January 12, 2012

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has endorsed a proposal to eliminate major federal assistance programs for low-income Americans and turn them over to the states, often with deep funding cuts.  But the rationale he offered for doing so in this past Sunday’s “Meet the Press” debate — that the federal bureaucracy eats up most of the money Congress provides for these programs, and little...

An Appalling Idea, Even by Washington Standards

January 6, 2012

For legislation to extend the payroll tax cut through the end of 2012, House Republicans are expected to push for a provision on unemployment insurance (UI) that is appalling even by current Washington standards.  Neither President Obama nor Congress should accept any payroll-tax legislation that includes it.  Here’s why:...

50/50 Split on Defense/Non-Defense Cuts the Result of GOP’s No-Tax Position

November 22, 2011

With some policymakers pushing to forestall the defense cuts that are slated to make up half of the $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts scheduled to start in January 2013, it’s important to remember why Congress and President Obama agreed in the...

Orszag Is Right: Locking in Bush Tax Cuts Not Worth a $1.2 Trillion Supercommittee Deal

November 21, 2011

Former Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag, now vice chairman of global banking at Citigroup, hit the nail on the head when he told Atlantic Media’s Ron Brownstein recently that “There is virtually nothing the supercommittee could plausibly do that could offset the...