The column recommends an immediate package at least the size of the Recovery Act in 2009—around $1 trillion in today’s dollars.
Direct emergency payments are far superior compared to payroll tax cuts.
The rumored elements of the Trump administration’s Tax Cuts 2.0 plan are skewed to people with higher incomes, just like the 2017 tax law.
Infrastructure assets last for decades. It’s important that the federal government make smart investments to maximize the social, economic, and environmental benefits of any infrastructure investment.
The Trump administration’s K-12 education budget eliminates important programs and cuts billions from public schools.
President Trump’s fiscal year 2021 budget proposes large cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), placing additional burdens on families already struggling to make ends meet.
In order to increase tax fairness for workers, the federal government should immediately restore the tax deduction for union dues and make it available for all workers who support their unions, not just those who itemize.
Restoring an unlimited deduction would be extremely costly and mainly benefit the wealthy.
To achieve safe, sustainable, and inclusive communities, states and regions must implement transportation projects that reduce driving and increase biking, walking, and public transit use.
The High Desert Corridor would promote low-density land use and single-occupant vehicle trips, running counter to the state’s climate and sustainable communities goals.
Interstate 11 would lead to more low-density, auto-dependent development, produce significant environmental harms, and fail to address metropolitan area congestion in Phoenix and Tucson.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which gave the largest tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans, also failed to address the inefficiency, lack of fairness, and cost of many spending programs administered through the tax code.
Critical priorities will be threatened unless Congress and the president reach a budget agreement.
The tax law is draining revenue—and has little to show for it.
The Center for American Progress proposes a budget plan to address our most pressing national challenges.