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The Budget Agreement Is an Imperfect but Good First Step Toward Growing the Economy

Murray/Ryan dealAlthough some unfortunate concessions had to be made to appease conservatives, the Murray-Ryan budget deal is a net-positive step for the United States.

By Harry Stein and Michael Linden | Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Replacing the Sequester

U.S. Capitol article icon Issue Brief With the manufactured crises behind us, it’s time to turn to the real fiscal task at hand, namely reversing damaging austerity policies and investing in growth.

By Michael Linden | Thursday, October 17, 2013

A Piecemeal Approach to Funding the Government Makes No Sense

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) bars icon Charts House Republicans' current approach to government funding—through small, targeted appropriations for a select group of government functions—is impractical and irresponsible.

By Michael Linden | Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Senate Continuing Resolution Is Already a Compromise

CapitolIf the Tea Party shuts the government down, it will not be because progressives were inflexible.

By Michael Linden and Harry Stein | Monday, September 30, 2013

Flood of New Data Should Be a Wakeup Call to Policymakers

U.S. Capitol BuildingIn one day, we learned that poverty is still elevated, inequality is near record highs, and middle-class incomes continue to stagnate, even as our long-term debt trajectory is dramatically improved. These data should finally put an end to calls for more damaging austerity.

By Kitty Richards and Michael Linden | Thursday, September 19, 2013

Why We Must Reset the Fiscal Debate: 15 Charts

bars icon Charts Our budget and economy have changed, but demands for austerity in the fiscal debate haven’t. These 15 charts show why they should.

By Michael Linden and Harry Stein | Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Dirty Truth About Boehner’s ‘Clean’ Continuing Resolution

House Speaker John Boehner article icon Issue Brief Speaker Boehner’s proposed stopgap funding measure would have Congress embrace another round of spending cuts, while signaling a willingness to increase funding for defense only.

By Neera Tanden and Michael Linden | Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Finding a ‘Grand Bargain’ on Job Growth and Tax Reform

President Obama’s latest proposal to create jobs comes with a significant concession on corporate tax reform to get conservatives in Congress to compromise.

By Kitty Richards and Michael Linden | Monday, August 5, 2013

How Lawmakers Should Think About Tax Reform

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus and Ranking Member Orrin HatchTax reform should make the tax code fairer and simpler for the middle class and raise revenue for investments in future economic growth.

By Kitty Richards and Michael Linden | Wednesday, July 10, 2013

It’s Time to Hit the Reset Button on the Fiscal Debate

U.S. Capitol book_alt2 icon Report Over the past three years, both the underlying fiscal landscape and the broader economic context for the fiscal debate have shifted in very important ways, yet the debate has remained remarkably static.

By Michael Linden | Thursday, June 6, 2013

Supporting Broad-Based Economic Growth and Fiscal Responsibility Through Tax Reform

In his testimony before the Senate Budget Committee, Michael Linden lays out broad principles for progressive, pro-growth tax reform.

By Michael Linden | Wednesday, May 29, 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

On Overall Spending and Revenue, the President’s Compromise Budget Offer Is to the Right of Simpson-Bowles

Obama federal budget bars icon Charts President Obama’s fiscal year 2014 budget shows his willingness to accept less revenue and less government spending than the bipartisan Simpson-Bowles plan.

By Michael Linden | Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Compromised: The President’s Budget Is Another Attempt to Reach a Fiscal Deal

President ObamaThe president’s compromise budget is constrained not by actual fiscal limits, but by perceived political limits.

By Michael Linden | Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Eye-Popping Chart that Undermines Rep. Ryan’s ‘Spending Problem’ Talking Point

Paul Ryan bars icon Charts If we actually have a “spending problem,” why does Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget only cut the portion of federal spending that is shrinking?

By Michael Linden | Wednesday, March 20, 2013