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President’s Budget Commission Veering Off Course on “Debt” Measure?

President Obama’s budget commission which is supposed to craft a plan by year-end to significantly reduce budget deficits and debt in the coming years, showed signs of veering off course this morning on the question...
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Senior Director of Federal Tax Policy

Carried Interest Doesn’t Deserve a Special Tax Break

The private equity industry has descended on Capitol Hill to preserve the lower tax rate for something known as “carried interest,” as compared to the tax rate Americans normally pay on the income they earn...

Q & A with Paul Van de Water on How the Health Reform Law Reduces the Deficit

Today, we sat down with Paul Van de Water, Senior Fellow, to discuss some of the major provisions in the health reform law that will help reduce the deficit.

Proposed Cap No Solution to New Jersey’s Property Tax Problems

“For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.” That line is often attributed to H. L. Mencken, and it’s certainly true about New Jersey, where Governor Christie is proposing...

Donna Pavetti Discusses TANF Emergency Fund on C-SPAN's Washington Journal

Donna Pavetti, director of the Center's welfare reform and income support division, discussed the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Emergency Fund and the U.S. Welfare System on C-SPAN's Washington Journal this morning. Watch the...
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Senior Director for Housing Policy and Research and Interim Program Area Lead, Housing

Obama Plan Would Help Preserve Public Housing

The House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing tomorrow on an Administration initiative to help preserve the nation’s public housing units, which are both more important and more imperiled than you may realize.

In case you missed it…

This week on Off the Charts, we discussed the House jobs bill and the Kerry-Lieberman climate change proposal, explained how health reform will make health care more affordable, and looked at tax developments affecting state...

Helping People Afford Premiums and Cost-Sharing Under Health Reform

The main reason most uninsured people don’t have coverage is that they can’t afford it, so several core elements of the new health reform law are designed to make coverage more affordable. One of them...

Estate Tax Reform Must Not Come at States’ Expense

As states cut everything from education to health care to address historic budget shortfalls, the last thing they need is for Congress to undercut an important revenue source for many of them. But that’s exactly...

Don’t Let Deficit Concerns Derail Jobs Bill

Misplaced budgetary concerns are impeding major legislation that would create and preserve jobs, continue unemployment and health benefits for those who are out of work, and fix Medicare’s flawed payment formula for physicians for several...