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Imagining a Pro-Growth Budget Blueprint

Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)The budget plan put forth by Sen. Patty Murray promotes job creation, fosters the economic recovery, makes critical investments that lay the foundation for economic growth, and responsibly reduces the budget deficit.

By Michael Linden | Thursday, March 14, 2013

Rep. Paul Ryan’s Fantasy Budget

Rep. Paul RyanDespite overblown claims of balancing the budget in 10 years, Rep. Ryan’s budget in actuality increases the deficit and debt.

By Michael Linden | Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Third Time’s Not a Charm

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)The American people have soundly rejected the elements central to Rep. Paul Ryan’s latest House GOP budget, yet he insists on trotting out the same stale ideas.

By Michael Linden and Anna Chu | Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The United States’ Long-Term Debt Problem Isn’t as Bad as You Thought

Congressional Budget OfficeMost of the projected massive run up in debt over the next quarter century is actually driven by the assumption that future Congresses will enact huge new deficit-increasing tax cuts and spending hikes, not by the growth in entitlement spending.

By Michael Linden and Sasha Post | Monday, March 11, 2013

The Way Out of the Sequester Is Cutting Tax Expenditures

The horrifying list of budget cuts seems inevitable. Republicans want spending cuts, and Democrats want revenue increases. But they can get both by getting rid of hidden spending programs.

By Michael Linden | Wednesday, February 27, 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

Infographic: ‘60s Retro Budget Plan by Republicans Unfit for Today (2013 Update)

Conseratives in Congress support a measure to limit federal spending at 18 percent of gross domestic product. The last time federal spending dipped under 18 percent was 1966, nearly half a century ago. Things have changed quite a bit since then.

By Sarah Ayres Steinberg and Michael Linden | Friday, February 15, 2013

Investing in Our Children

Preschoolers article icon Issue Brief As we continue to combat rising economic inequality, high-quality early childhood investments will help all children realize their full potential and provide enormous long-term benefits to society.

By Cynthia G. Brown, Donna Cooper, Juliana Herman, Melissa Lazarín, Michael Linden, Sasha Post, and Neera Tanden | Thursday, February 7, 2013

We’ve Made Remarkable Progress Toward Reducing the Deficit

U.S. CapitolThe Congressional Budget Office’s most recent budget projections show that the United States has made astounding progress toward reducing the federal budget deficit.

By Michael Linden | Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Family and Medical Leave Act Was a Huge Step Forward for Working Americans

Paternity leaveThe Family and Medical Leave Act has greatly benefited many U.S. workers since it became law in 1993. On its 20th anniversary, it’s time to take additional steps so that the act can benefit all U.S. workers.

By Michael Linden | Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Budget Cuts Set Funding Path to Historic Lows

U.S. Supreme Court article icon Issue Brief Spending on a raft of key federal programs from airport security to health care research under the “non-defense discretionary” budget banner will dip to all-time lows under the Budget Control Act.

By Michael Linden | Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The Deficit Reduction We Have Achieved So Far

President Obama fiscal cliff speechThree-quarters of the $2.4 trillion in deficit reduction already enacted since the start of fiscal year 2011 has been spending cuts.

By Michael Linden and Michael Ettlinger | Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Revenue from the Fiscal Cliff Deal in Context

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe BidenAfter a decade of repeated tax cuts, the increase in revenue achieved in the legislation to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff is a step in the right direction, but it won’t be enough.

By Michael Linden and Michael Ettlinger | Thursday, January 3, 2013

Plan B: Job Losses, Middle-Class Tax Increases, and Trivial Deficit Reduction

John BoehnerHouse Speaker John Boehner’s plan lacks seriousness and is an attempt to divert attention from an unwillingness to adopt a balanced approach that all serious people recognize as a necessity.

By Michael Linden and Michael Ettlinger | Wednesday, December 19, 2012

President Obama’s Latest Proposal Largely Mirrors the Bipartisan Simpson-Bowles Plan

President Obama and Speaker of the House BoehnerThe president is trying to find a middle ground on both revenue and spending cuts, and only the most ideologically blinded lawmakers would reject his latest proposal to resolve the fiscal showdown.

By Michael Linden | Wednesday, December 19, 2012