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The Growing Consensus to Improve Our Tax Code

oval office book_alt2 icon Report Despite the political gridlock over taxes, there are actually many areas on which both sides agree. Policymakers should start here to improve our tax system.

By Harry Stein, Alexandra Thornton, and John Craig | Tuesday, September 23, 2014

How Campaign Contributions and Lobbying Can Lead to Inefficient Economic Policy

K Street article icon Issue Brief The practice of rent-seeking—leveraging campaign contributions and lobbying to influence government policy for private gain—has several negative effects on the U.S. economy.

By John Craig and David Madland | Friday, May 2, 2014

Congress Should Reassess the Importance of Two Corporate Tax Breaks

Help with unemployment benefitsExpiring corporate tax breaks are not a greater emergency than expired unemployment benefits.

By Harry Stein and John Craig | Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Offshore Corporate Profits: The Only Thing ‘Trapped’ Is Tax Revenue

Cayman Islands tax haven article icon Issue Brief Inducing multinational corporations to “repatriate” offshore profits will have little or no effect on the broader U.S. economy because, by and large, that money is already here. The problem with these accumulated corporate profits is not that they are “offshore”—it is that they are untaxed.

By Kitty Richards and John Craig | Thursday, January 9, 2014

The Location Affordability Portal Helps Families, Urban Planners, and Policymakers

The new resource, developed jointly by the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, demonstrates how transportation and housing costs influence a location’s affordability.

By John Craig | Thursday, November 21, 2013

Why Austerity Fails When the Cuts Get Specific

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) article icon Issue Brief The transportation and housing bill’s failure shows that the deep cuts demanded by the Ryan budget simply cannot be allocated in a responsible way.

By Harry Stein and John Craig | Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Competing Approaches to Tax Reform

Rep. Paul Ryan article icon Issue Brief President Obama’s balanced approach to tax reform, which eliminates unfair giveaways to the rich, stands in stark contrast to the House GOP’s proposed reforms that favor the wealthy and unfairly burdens poor and middle-class families.

By John Craig and Michael Linden | Monday, April 15, 2013

Using Pension Funds to Build Infrastructure and Put Americans to Work

Infrastructure cover book_alt2 icon Report While pension-fund investments alone will not fill the infrastructure funding gap entirely, pension funds have the assets to contribute a significant share of capital toward rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure.

By Donna Cooper and John Craig | Thursday, March 28, 2013

We Still Need Higher Revenues to Reduce Our Deficit

Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)Data from the last 40 years show that when tax revenue was higher, budget deficits were smaller.

By Michael Linden and John Craig | Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Accelerating Infrastructure Improvements with Better Public Policies that Tap Private Investment

Construction workers book_alt2 icon Report Leveraging additional private investment will help close our nation’s infrastructure-funding gap and enable the completion of hundreds of critical projects that will provide substantial economic returns for American taxpayers.

By Donna Cooper, Keith Miller, and John Craig | Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Coming Together as 99 Percent

John Craig, Joy Moses, and Katie Wright examine how the movement can help those at the lower rungs of the 99 percent.

By John Craig, Joy Moses, and Katie Wright | Monday, November 21, 2011

Killing the American Dream

Joy Moses and John Craig presents the five dream killers aimed at gutting federal programs that if enacted would lock our nation’s poor in poverty.

By John Craig and Joy Moses | Thursday, November 17, 2011