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Senior Director of Federal Tax Policy

On Deficits, Tax Cuts Are Part of the Addiction

Kudos to the Wall Street Journal’s Gerald Seib for noting in his Capital Journal column today that the country has a major fiscal problem that demands a serious, bipartisan, and balanced policy response. I agree...

Deficits and Debt: Reischauer’s Testimony is a Must-Read

Those who seek a crisp primer on why experts worry about rising deficits and debt should look no further than this morning’s testimony before the President’s fiscal commission by Robert Reischauer, the former Congressional Budget...

Fiscal Commission Gets Underway

With the President’s new fiscal commission having its first meeting this morning, here are three basic points concerning the coming debate over our nation’s budget priorities.

The Middle Class's Stake in Health Reform

Middle-class families with health insurance might not think they have much at stake in the new health reform law. But as a recent Center report showed, private health coverage for the middle class is surprisingly...

In Case You Missed it…

This week on Off the Charts, we examined the huge projected federal budget deficits, implications of health reform, states and the recession, funding for schools and school lunch programs, and next steps for climate change...

Q & A with Jim Horney on Health Reform and the Deficit, Part 3

This Q & A is part three 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.

Unspinning the New HHS Actuaries' Report

Does today’s report from the Department of Health and Human Services actuaries, estimating that total national spending on health care will rise by 0.9 percent in the first decade under the new health reform law...

New Jersey Shows How Not to Balance the Budget

The deep cuts in public services and millionaire-friendly tax policies that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has proposed have made him a poster child for good governance for conservatives like Fred Barnes and George Will...

Now It’s Up to the Senate on Climate Policy

Climate legislation is set to reappear on the national policy stage next week with Senators Kerry, Graham, and Lieberman unveiling a major bill. In crafting climate legislation, the Senate should include two fundamental features of...

Making Schools Hunger Free

In about 10,000 schools around the country, at least four-fifths of the children are poor enough to qualify for free or reduced-price meals. Wouldn’t it make sense to allow those schools to serve free meals...