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The Candidates’ Spending Plans: Do They Add Up?

Sponsored by the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center

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Friday, October 3, 2008, 8:30-10:30 a.m. ET  Urban Institute, Katharine Graham Conference Center
2100 M Street, N.W., Washington, DC


  • Howard Gleckman, editor, TaxVox, Tax Policy Center (moderator)
  • Demian Brady, Senior Policy Analyst for the National Taxpayers Union Foundation
  • Jim Horney, director, federal fiscal policy, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; former deputy Democratic staff director, Senate Budget Committee
  • Maya MacGuineas, president, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, New America Foundation; former adviser, 2000 McCain for President campaign
  • Rudy Penner, senior fellow, Urban Institute; former director, Congressional Budget Office

Candidates McCain and Obama propose economic programs that call for trillions of dollars in tax cuts over the next decade, according to the Tax Policy Center. This panel looks at whether their spending plans would offset their largesse on the tax side, or whether they would just dig the nation’s financial hole deeper.

Session Handouts

The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budgets: Promises, Promises: A Fiscal Voter Guide to the 2008 Election

National Tax Payers Union Foundation: Republican Presidential Candidate Spending Analysis – John McCain

National Tax Payers Union Foundation: Democratic Presidential Candidate Spending Analysis – Barack Obama


The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center does not endorse political candidates. This session is part of a series on the presidential candidates’ tax and budget plans.