Doing What Works


Five Canards About Job-Killing Regulations Article
Among the regulations that conservatives claim are killing jobs are those on the interstate transportation of invasive foreign snakes, like the Burmese python, shown here. (Flickr/<a href=San Diego Shooter)" data-srcset=" 610w, 610w, 610w, 500w, 250w" data-sizes="auto" />

Five Canards About Job-Killing Regulations

Kristina Costa and Michael Linden point out the absurdities in conservative arguments that regulations are holding back our economy, not lack of demand.

Kristina Costa, Michael Linden

Conservative Health and Safety Bull’s Eyes by the Numbers Article
PPL's Brunner Island, a three-unit coal-fired power plant, is seen in York Haven, Pennsylvania. Seven out of the 10 regulations on the GOP’s hit list are intended to fulfill the requirements of the Clean Air Act. In addition to preventing 2 million premature deaths between 1990 and 2010 alone, the Clean Air Act gives all Americans the luxury of breathing without smog masks. (AP/Carolyn Kaster)

Conservative Health and Safety Bull’s Eyes by the Numbers

House conservatives’ claim that 10 rules are preventing job growth falls apart when you look at the numbers, writes Kristina Costa. But the consequences are clear.

Kristina Costa

Destroying Our Infrastructure and Our Construction Industry Article
Construction crews work on building a runway as part of the O'Hare International Airport expansion plan in Chicago. (AP/Jim Prisching)

Destroying Our Infrastructure and Our Construction Industry

Donna Cooper details why legislation to fund airport construction and safety as well as federal highway repairs and construction face unconscionable elimination in Congress.

Donna Cooper

The Choices Still to Be Made in the New Debt Deal Article
El Presidente Barack Obama, con el Presidente de la Cámara de Representantes John Boehner de Ohio, toman parte en una reunión con el liderazgo del Congreso en la Casa Blanca en Washington. (AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The Choices Still to Be Made in the New Debt Deal

Donna Cooper and Seth Hanlon detail what millionaires will gain and what many other Americans will lose if the recent debt deal is concluded without addressing revenues.

Donna Cooper, Seth Hanlon

Making More, Contributing Less Article
The final budget deal struck this week won't ask America’s millionaires to contribute a single dime.  That’s unfortunate because they certainly can afford it. Not only have  their incomes been skyrocketing but their tax rates have plunged over  the last two decades. As a percentage of their incomes, millionaires are  now paying about one-quarter less of their income to federal taxes than  they did in the mid-1990s. (iStockphoto)

Making More, Contributing Less

Seth Hanlon mines IRS data to show how millionaires, entirely spared by this week’s debt limit deal, are also enjoying 26 percent lower tax rates than in 1995.

Seth Hanlon

Let It Flow Article
Funding model and investment strategy innovations pioneered by New York  and Connecticut provide a roadmap for the country as it faces a critical  and growing safe drinking water and wastewater infrastructure funding  gap. (iStockphoto)

Let It Flow

Donna Cooper and Jordan Eizenga urge policymakers to encourage other states to follow New York’s lead in applying modern portfolio management strategies to their revolving loan funds—which could mean more badly needed water infrastructure improvements.

Donna Cooper, Jordan Eizenga

Agricultural Subsidies Article
In this October 6, 2010 file photo, corn is harvested near Union, Nebraska. (AP/Nati Harnik)

Agricultural Subsidies

This is the latest in a weekly series of talking points from CAP’s Doing What Works team showing how we can make smart budget cuts that boost government efficiency—not gut essential services.

Gadi Dechter

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