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Patent Tax Dodge: Why the Patent Box Does Not Answer America’s Need for Tax Reform

U.S. Patent and Trademark OfficeAlthough it may reduce multinational corporations’ incentive to engage in profit shifting, the patent box acts more like a budget sieve than as true tax reform.

by Alexandra Thornton | Monday, June 1, 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

Proposed Congressional Cuts to Nutrition Assistance Would Cost Jobs

EBT Card StoreHouse Republicans are proposing a massive tax giveaway to millionaire estates while cutting nutrition assistance that would cost the economy hundreds of thousands of jobs.

by Melissa Boteach | Monday, April 13, 2015

How Congress Is Supporting Inequality in Its FY 2016 Budget Proposals

capitol domeSome congressional leaders are still advancing policies that threaten to exclude low-income families and people of color from the social safety net.

by Jamal Hagler | Monday, March 30, 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

Testing Congressional Republicans’ Sincerity About Tackling Inequality

husband and wifeHouse and Senate budgets will be a test of how serious majority leaders are about boosting opportunity and expanding the middle class.

by Melissa Boteach, Rebecca Vallas, Anna Chu | Thursday, March 12, 2015

Budget Impact: Reducing Exposure to the Risks Posed by Climate Change Saves Money and Lives

Hurricane destroyed houseIf Republican leaders in Congress are serious about fiscal responsibility, their 2016 federal budget proposal will include funds to cut carbon pollution and strengthen the nation’s resilience to climate change.

by Cathleen Kelly and Miranda Peterson | Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Tortured Logic of the Heritage Foundation on Public Transportation

public transit busIn a never-ending quest to shrink government, conservatives continue to advance specious arguments that are harmful to federal funding for public transportation.

by Kevin DeGood | Tuesday, February 24, 2015

What Would It Cost to Deport All 5 Million Beneficiaries of Executive Action on Immigration?

immigrant mom and daughter bars icon Charts Attempting to deport all 5 million people who would benefit from the president’s November 20, 2014, directives on immigration would cost more than $50 billion.

by Philip E. Wolgin | Monday, February 23, 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

Infographic: The Land and Water Conservation Fund—How America’s Best Parks Program Works

Infographic thumbnailSeptember 3 marks 50 years of success for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Without action by Congress, however, the fund will expire in 2015 and America will lose its best parks program.

by Claire Moser, Matt Lee-Ashley, Nidhi Thakar, Pete Morelewicz, Preeth Srinivasaraghavan | Tuesday, September 2, 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

Rep. Ryan’s New Poverty Plan Is Not the Answer to the Pope’s Prayers

Rep. Paul Ryan listens during a hearingRep. Ryan needs to look toward Pope Francis’s teachings and the true state of poverty in America in order to effectively address the nation’s poverty crisis.

by Claire Markham | Thursday, August 14, 2014