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C. Eugene Steuerle

Institute Fellow and Richard B. Fisher Chair

I love working on public finance issues and seeing their endless application to so many budget, tax, spending, and charitable issues that go well beyond what can be found in any textbook. I am drawn to Urban because in my view, it leads the nation in so many areas of research—combining its talents for evaluating a broad spectrum of public policy issues, gathering and using related data from a range of sources, and integrating research across disparate program areas; and all the while maintaining a truly nonpartisan approach to analysis, a deep culture of respect for each member of the organization, and a strong commitment to serve the public through its work.

Research report

Much of the discussion over President Bush's 2004 submission of a proposed budget for fiscal year 2005 and beyond has focused on what it is not. It is not an agenda for major reform. It is not a budget that Congress appears to take seriously, especially given the number of days it is scheduled...

February 16, 2004
C. Eugene Steuerle
Brief

Programs for working families and children are scheduled to shrink rapidly over the next few years, squeezed between rising expenditures on programs for the elderly and declines in tax revenues. This scenario will play out even if only modest defense and international needs are factored into the...

December 1, 2003
C. Eugene Steuerle
Research report

Tax expenditures refer to the revenue losses attributable to provisions of the federal tax laws that deviate from a "normal" tax on income. Although there are debates over precisely what a tax expenditure is, many exclusions, deductions, credits, preferential rates, and deferrals of tax...

October 13, 2003
Adam Carasso, C. Eugene Steuerle
Research report

Health costs now total close to one-fifth of households' personal income. For moderate-income workers whose cash wages are lower then they would be if employers weren't paying for their health insurance, the bite is often bigger. Many elected officials seeking health care reform don't even know...

September 29, 2003
C. Eugene Steuerle
Research report

Several nonprofit groups such as the Tax Policy Center and Citizens for Tax Justice as well as several governmental entities provide tables on the distributional effects of tax changes. Analysts then suggest that these tax cuts are progressive, proportional or regressive by comparing such...

September 1, 2003
C. Eugene Steuerle
Research report

On June 13, 2003, the IRS requested public comments on a proposed EITC procedure. The goal of this new EITC procedure, known as precertification, is to reduce EITC error rates by individuals who are ineligible. Because a variety of questions have been raised about this procedure, and also...

July 14, 2003
C. Eugene Steuerle
Research report

In recent years, the largest budgetary decisions of Congress have been concentrated in two areas: tax cuts and expansions in health care, particularly Medicare. Given all the rhetoric that surfaced during the tax cut debate, it might be worthwhile to see how consistently these arguments have...

July 7, 2003
C. Eugene Steuerle
Brief

[ Brookings Institution] This brief argues that the time is ripe for an integrated credit that combines the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the CTC into an Earned Income Child Credit (EICC). The proposed EICC simplifies and standardizes the definition of qualifying children and those...

July 1, 2003
Adam Carasso, C. Eugene Steuerle
Research report

If one is a traditional tax reformer, there was much to recommend in the president's initial approach to tax policy. As the tax "reform" process has unraveled, however, Congress has twisted various tax bills into budget packages oriented toward meeting some sound bite, such as the size of each...

May 26, 2003
C. Eugene Steuerle

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