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Education Cuts to Grow if Stimulus Funds Expire, Cont.

The New York Times reports that hundreds of thousands of teachers across the country could face layoffs in June, as state revenues remain weak and federal Recovery Act assistance will soon dry up. (The Washington...

Q & A with Jim Horney on Health Reform and the Deficit, Part 2

This podcast is part two in a series of podcasts on myths about health reform and its impact on the federal budget deficit. I’m Shannon Spillane and I’m joined by Jim Horney, Director of Federal...

Why Health Reform Is a Good Deal for the States

Critics who claim the new health reform law’s Medicaid expansion will place an unaffordable burden on states ignore the fact that the federal government will cover virtually all of the cost. They also ignore the...

Could State Budget Problems Derail Education Reform?

As Congress considers whether to extend the state fiscal assistance in last year’s Recovery Act, it should keep in mind that without those funds, states will have a very hard time continuing their initiatives to...
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Senior Director of Federal Tax Policy

Many Bucks, Little Bang

Today’s Washington Post urges Congress to let the Bush tax cuts for people making over $250,000 expire. We agree. As our recent report on this issue noted, the high-income tax cuts are simply unaffordable given...

Q & A with Jim Horney on Health Reform and the Deficit, Part 1

Today, we sat down with Jim Horney, Director of Federal Fiscal Policy at the Center, to discuss myths about health reform and its impact on the federal budget deficit. Jim, let’s start off at the...

Good News — for a Little While at Least — for the Unemployed

While it’s certainly good news that Congress has put the program providing extra weeks of unemployment insurance (UI) benefits back on life support through the end of May, lawmakers must resolve the uncertainty facing jobless...

Where Do Your Federal and State Tax Dollars Go?

How federal tax dollars are spent:
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How state tax dollars are spent:
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For more on where your taxes go, listen to this podcast (find it here on iTunes).  We’re also tweeting key tax facts throughout...

Welcome to "Off the Charts"

Welcome to “Off the Charts,” the new blog of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. We face historic challenges that will shape our future — from ensuring that the economic recovery grows much stronger...
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Senior Director of Federal Tax Policy

A Nickel for Uncle Sam

Most Americans say their income taxes are fair, a new New York Times/CBS News poll finds. No wonder — for the most part, we’re paying a much smaller chunk of our income in taxes than...