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Setting the Right Course in the Next Budget Agreement

Officials walk into the mudslide debris field in Washington state. book_alt2 icon Report Lawmakers must avoid sequestration for both defense and domestic programs, and new revenue is a necessary element of any associated deficit reduction.

by Harry Stein | Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Rewarding Tax-Time Savings Through Existing Law

tax fillerThe Internal Revenue Service can make administrative changes to help taxpayers qualify for the Saver’s Credit and boost their retirement savings.

by Harry Stein and Joe Valenti | Thursday, August 6, 2015

A Decade of Progress in Controlling Medicare Spending

$100 billNew long-term Medicare spending projections from the Congressional Budget Office are dramatically lower than similar projections from 2005.

by Harry Stein | Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Congress Makes Itself Dysfunctional with Legislative Branch Cuts

US Capitol rotundaCutting funding for the legislative branch makes Congress less competent and more reliant on special interests.

by Harry Stein and Ethan Gurwitz | Monday, June 15, 2015

Laying the Foundation for Inclusive Prosperity

Harry Stein and Alexandra Thornton offer a fiscally responsible and progressive economic and budget plan.

by Harry Stein and Alexandra Thornton | Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Does Washington Have a Spending Problem or a Revenue Problem?

capitiol domeFederal spending has fallen well below the levels that the Bowles-Simpson commission recommended, but revenues have fallen as well.

by Harry Stein and Lauren Shapiro | Thursday, May 7, 2015

Congressional Republican Leaders Claim to Support the Middle Class, but Their Budgets Only Work for the Wealthy Few

Tom Price House Republican budgetCongressional leaders are trying to improve how they talk about inequality, stagnant wages, and middle-class economic insecurity, but their budgets still only advance the interests of those at the very top.

by Harry Stein and Anna Chu | Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Economic and Fiscal Debates Must Distinguish Between the Short Term and Long Term

CapitolFailing to distinguish short term from long term often confuses the federal budget debate, as was the case in a recent article about a Center for American Progress report co-authored by Antonio Weiss.

by Harry Stein | Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Congress Needs to Get Its Priorities Straight on the Tax Extenders

tax formsThe early reports of a possible deal on tax extenders show how Congress has abandoned the concepts of fairness and efficiency.

by Alexandra Thornton and Harry Stein | Thursday, December 4, 2014

How Shortsighted Spending Cuts Increase Waste, Fraud, and Abuse

empty House chamber article icon Issue Brief Austerity is so out of hand that there are opportunities to reverse some of the most shortsighted and damaging cuts while at the same time reducing deficits.

by Harry Stein and Hilary Gelfond | Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The emerging consensus on how to improve the tax code

Harry Stein outlines the areas in which there is bipartisan consensus on improving the tax code.

by Harry Stein | Friday, September 26, 2014

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, John Craig | Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Corporate Profits and Taxes

Wall street stocks bars icon Charts Corporate profits now constitute a record-breaking share of total national income, while corporate taxes contribute a declining share of total federal revenues.

by Harry Stein | Monday, September 15, 2014

Closing the Science Gap

Science funding article icon Issue Brief Despite bipartisan agreement to double funding for basic research, Congress has not followed up with the appropriations necessary to meet this goal.

by Harry Stein, Jennifer Erickson, Alex Rowell | Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The New Budget Outlook Shows that Austerity Makes No Sense

Navigator Mary Bennett, left, helps Min Lians, who is seeking help buying health insurance bars icon Charts Unnecessary short-term spending cuts to solve a nonexistent debt crisis have caused measurable economic damage.

by Harry Stein and Adam Hersh | Tuesday, July 15, 2014