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Ronald Reagan was president, fanny packs were all the rage, and the Tax Reform Act of 1986 was making its way through Congress. In our second episode of TPC’s new podcast, Taxology, host Kathy Schalch leads a conversation with three veterans of the ’86, act: former Treasury aide Eugene Steuerle, former journalist Howard Gleckman, and former Ways & Means Committee staffer Janice Mays. Listen to the podcast below, or subscribe on iTunes, and find out what it took to achieve tax reform then, and what lessons policymakers can learn from the experience as they try again to rewrite the revenue code.
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President Reagan talks to reporters on Wednesday, May 15, 1986 in Washington after he urged members of Congress to "just say no" to lobbyists seeking to tinker with the tax-revision bill he supports. Standing behind the President are Treasury James Baker, left, and Patrick Buchanan, White House director of communications. (AP Photo/Barry Thumma)