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Kids, Families, and Tax Policy: Best Friends Forever?

Katharine Graham Conference Center, Urban Institute
2100 M Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.
Thursday, April 16, 2009, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. ET (light breakfast at 8:45 a.m.)

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For many concerned about the well-being of children and families -- whether they're program managers, service providers, advocates, policymakers, or policy watchers -- tax policy is terra incognita, a distant, tangled domain best left unexplored.

But tax policy has become a powerful partner to government spending over the past two decades. The recent economic stimulus package included many tax provisions focused on children and families and President Obama's proposed fiscal 2010 budget promises more.

Join us as we investigate such issues as

  • Who wins and who loses with recent and proposed changes to the tax code?
  • What are the opportunities and challenges of using the tax code to aid families?
  • What tax policies for children and families are governors and state legislatures considering?

Shelley Waters Boots,senior research associate, Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population, Urban Institute (moderator)
Robert Carroll, vice president for economic policy, Tax Foundation
Nicholas Johnson, director, State Fiscal Project, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Tiffany Smith, tax counsel, Senate Committee on Finance (Majority Staff)
Roberton Williams, senior fellow, Tax Policy Center

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The event is free. We will post a recording on our websites for those who cannot attend.

To join the webcast, you need a computer with a high-speed Internet connection. The audio for the webcast is available over the Internet only (no telephone connections).