NCPA's Bartlett Available on Marriage Penalty Relief Proposal

WASHINGTON (February 1, 2000) -- Bruce Bartlett, senior fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis, is available to comment on a marriage penalty tax relief proposal that is expected to be unveiled today by House Ways & Means Chairman Rep. Bill Archer.

Having testified on relieving the marriage tax penalty before the House Ways & Means Committee, Bartlett, one of the nation's foremost experts on tax policy, can provide important insight and analysis on the strength and scope of the proposal as well as compare it to proposals for similar relief made by some of the presidential candidates. He can also compare and contrast it with the administration's proposal as outlined in the president's state of the union address, which Bartlett described as: "an extremely modest effort to redress the marriage penalty that is ill-targeted and will exacerbate the penalty suffered by single taxpayers."

WHO: Bruce Bartlett, Senior Fellow, NCPA

WHAT: Expert Analysis Of Marriage Penalty Relief

WHEN: Available Immediately

Bartlett writes a column on economic policy twice weekly which is nationally syndicated by Creators Syndicate. In 1987 and 1988, Bartlett served under Gary Bauer, who was then assistant to the president for domestic policy. Before joining the National Center for Policy Analysis, he was deeply involved in development and passage of the Tax Reform Act of 1986 as a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation from 1985-1986. In 1977, as a member of then-Congressman Jack Kemp's staff, he helped draft the famous Kemp-Roth tax bill, which formed the basis of the Reagan tax cut in 1981.