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The latest edition of the Tax Policy Center's State and Local Finance Initiative's State Economic Monitor finds the economic recovery continues to improve slowly. No state unemployment rate increased from last year in February but long term unemployment remains a problem and is above average in...

April 13, 2014
Norton Francis, Brian David Moore
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The latest edition of the Tax Policy Center's State and Local Finance Initiative's State Economic Monitor finds the recovery still struggling for momentum. The unemployment rate has improved but remains over 40 percent higher than the pre-recession rate and public sector employment continues to...

January 23, 2014
Norton Francis
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An editorial published by the Wall Street Journal on March 11, 2011, argues that the government's case for an individual mandate is faulty. The authors argue the "hidden tax" on people with health insurance is greatly overstated. Their support is a study by John Holahan and Jack Hadley...

March 31, 2011
John Holahan, Jack Hadley
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The ongoing debate over health reform at times almost appears like a sporting event, with Democrats and Republicans trying to name winners and losers in passing or repealing legislation. But in my Fiscal Times op-ed this week, I explain why, when it comes to health reform, this winner-take-all...

January 21, 2011
C. Eugene Steuerle
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The earned income tax credit (EITC) lifts millions of working families out of poverty, but provides little support to workers without children living at home. Scaling back the EITC and implementing a worker credit based on individual earnings and not contingent on having children at home could...

May 20, 2015
Elaine Maag
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Plans to rein in the U.S. budget deficit remain in the spotlight as the Bipartisan Policy Center's Debt Reduction Task Force released its plan to solve the debt crisis. TPC expert William Gale offers analysis of the recommendations and includes recommendations of his own.

November 24, 2010
William G. Gale
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In a contribution to the Christian Science Monitor, Donald Marron discusses the U.S.'s controversial coporate income tax rates.

March 23, 2012
Donald Marron
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Stockbrokers began reporting sales proceeds and cost basis to the IRS and taxpayers this year. This article describes how those information reports came about and discusses the issues they raise. It also argues that compliance gains and simplification benefits justify the reporting burdens that...

April 25, 2012
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Extending the charitable deduction deadline is a move with precedent: the government has used it to encourage giving following a natural disaster. However, temporary laws have limited effect. Consider instead allowing charitable deductions made by April 15, aka tax day, to be applied to the...

March 17, 2013
C. Eugene Steuerle
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CNNMoney.com. Len Burman discusses the health insurance mandate.

April 14, 2010
Leonard E. Burman