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White Elephant Watch: Vol. 6 Report

White Elephant Watch: Vol. 6

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.

Kevin DeGood

White Elephant Watch: Vol. 5 Report
Motor vehicles are seen on Interstate Highway 10 near Benson, Arizona, March 2019. (Getty/Paul Harris)

White Elephant Watch: Vol. 5

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.

Kevin DeGood

Taking Stock of Spending Through the Tax Code Report
 (President Donald Trump looks at portraits on the wall as he walks down a corridor with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin at the Treasury Building on April 21, 2017, in Washington, D.C.)

Taking Stock of Spending Through the Tax Code

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.

Alexandra Thornton, Sara Estep

What the FY 2020 Defense Budget Gets Wrong Report
President Trump gestures during a meeting about border security in the Cabinet Room of the White House on January 11, 2019, in Washington, D.C. (Getty/AFP/Brendan Smialowski)

What the FY 2020 Defense Budget Gets Wrong

To successfully promote U.S. national security, the Trump administration’s fiscal year 2020 defense budget needs to consider myriad factors—and set necessary, realistic funding levels.

Lawrence J. Korb

Budgeting the Future Report
The U.S. Capitol is seen in Washington, D.C., March 2019. (Getty/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds)

Budgeting the Future

Making smarter investments than in the past can create a stronger economy and healthier middle class.

Christian E. Weller, Sara Estep, Galen Hendricks

Rising Deficits, Falling Revenues Report

Rising Deficits, Falling Revenues

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act increases federal deficits while failing to address the nation’s most pressing challenges and making inequality worse.

Seth Hanlon, Alan Cohen, Sara Estep

The Realities of Economic Development Subsidies Report
U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a groundbreaking ceremony for a Foxconn facility at the Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, on June 28, 2018. (Getty/AFP/Brendan Smialowski)

The Realities of Economic Development Subsidies

Providing incentives to companies to create jobs has become a false panacea in the economic development world, and proponents often fail to acknowledge the strategy’s downsides.

Andrew Schwartz

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