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Rebounding Growth Allays Fears, But Shadows Still Loom Over the Economy

The U.S. economy’s continued failure to grow inclusively along with unnecessary public spending cuts are weighing on the recovery.

By Adam Hersh | Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Biennial Budgeting Would Be a Setback in Efforts to Reform Congressional Budgeting

Scott Lilly, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, testifies before the House Committee on Rules, Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process, on the question of two-year budgeting.

By Scott Lilly | Monday, July 21, 2014

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Switching from a Gas Tax to a Mileage-Based User Fee

book_alt2 icon Report The insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund threatens federal transportation programs. Implementing a mileage fee would provide robust funding for decades to come.

By Kevin DeGood and Michael Madowitz | Friday, July 11, 2014

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A Renewed Promise

book_alt2 icon Report A child's zip code should not determine her destiny, but a growing body of research reveals that the community she grows up in affects her educational, health, and economic outcomes. This report provides an overview of the nation’s first five Promise Zones and their emerging insights and details recommendations for how the federal government can improve the initiative and its role as a partner in place-based work.

By Tracey Ross and Erik Stegman | Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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Pfizer’s Tax-Dodging Bid for AstraZeneca Shows Need to Tighten U.S. Tax Rules

Pfizer’s attempt to move its headquarters out of the United States by acquiring the U.K.-based AstraZeneca corporation highlights why the United States must prevent these kinds of corporate inversions—and why corporate tax reform must not become a race to the bottom.

By Harry Stein | Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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A User’s Guide to the Fiscal Year 2015 Defense Budget

article icon Issue Brief The U.S. Department of Defense faces hard choices if it wants to create a fiscally responsible budget plan for the coming years.

By Lawrence J. Korb, Max Hoffman, and Kate Blakeley | Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Disinvestment Budget: Government Investments to Improve Our Economic Future Would be Crushed Under the Recently Passed House Budget

Federal spending on infrastructure, scientific research, early childhood education, disease treatment, space exploration, and college tuition could be slashed by nearly half over the next decade.

By Scott Lilly | Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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Ryan Budget Abandons Innovation Future

At a time when federal research and development, or R&D, investment is stagnating, significant new contributions must be made to secure our continued global leadership in R&D. Rep. Ryan’s budget does just the opposite, significantly reducing the federal government’s commitment to it.

By Kwame Boadi | Wednesday, April 9, 2014

How the Ryan Budget Fails Our Economy by Failing Economics

article icon Issue Brief The conservative economic framework at the core of the Ryan budget remains stuck on supply-side and trickle-down theories that have been discredited and are out of touch with today’s economy.

By Harry Stein and Michael Madowitz | Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Fiscal Year 2015 Ryan Budget by the Numbers

article icon Fact Sheet The Ryan budget once again undermines America’s long-term economic future by cutting essential infrastructure programs that support job growth, trade, and the efficient movement of people and goods.

By Kevin DeGood | Friday, April 4, 2014

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The Ryan Budget Once Again Hurts Communities of Color

For the fourth straight year, Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget leaves communities of color behind in order to protect tax breaks for millionaires, Big Oil and big corporations.

By Daniella Gibbs Leger | Friday, April 4, 2014

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The Ryan Budget Is a Broken Record of Failed Trickle-Down Economics

This year’s Ryan budget once again slashes middle-class investments and the social safety net in order to continue giving tax breaks to millionaires, corporations, and Big Oil.

By Anna Chu and Harry Stein | Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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The Safety Net Is Good Economic Policy

article icon Issue Brief Economic research shows that the safety net reduces poverty and boosts mobility.

By Sarah Ayres | Monday, March 31, 2014

The Fiscal Debate in Context

The current spending cap is a compromise of a compromise for progressives.

By Harry Stein | Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Improving the Earned Income Tax Credit to Better Serve Childless Adults

article icon Issue Brief President Obama’s new proposal to reform the Earned Income Tax Credit is a step in the right direction.

By Katie Wright | Friday, March 7, 2014

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