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Pre-2005 Content Archive


OMB's Mid-Session Review

Key Findings

  • The Administration is overly optimistic in assuming that the recent increase in revenues signifies that revenues in future years, as well, will be substantially higher than earlier projections indicated.
  • An examination of factors behind the recent increase in revenues does not support the notion that the President’s tax cuts are substantially boosting the economy and increasing tax collections.
  • OMB’s estimates of deficit levels for the coming five years appear unrealistically low.
  • The troubling long-term budget outlook has not significantly changed.

In a League of Their Own

The definition of "TABOR"

TABOR is a state tax and expenditure limit that includes the following elements:

  • It is a constitutional amendment
  • It restricts revenue or expenditure growth to the sum of inflation plus population change.
  • It requires voter approval to override the revenue or spending limits

The Food Stamp Program

The Food Stamp Program has been streamlined and modernized and carries new protections against fraud. For many families, food stamps are a work support that provides a bridge from welfare...

Streamlining And Coordinating Benefit Programs' Application Procedures


The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ Project on Program Simplification and Coordination conducts research and analysis on how benefit program rules can be simplified and better integrated across programs.  The project also provides technical assistance to states and policy analysts interested in pursuing simplification and alignment strategies in their states.

The project focuses on the main state-administered benefit programs for families with children — Medicaid, SCHIP, food stamps, TANF, and child care — with a goal of reducing the administrative burden of the programs on both states and low-income families.

This report is part of a series designed to describe how states can streamline their rules and procedures in particular areas.  Future reports will address simplification and alignment issues related to change reporting rules, verification procedures, and income and asset policies.