Policy Backgrounders

Policy Backgrounders are designed as briefing papers on public policy issues for people with limited time and a need to know about public policy issues.

Rethinking Tax Fairness

The recent debate in the House of Representatives pitted a House Republican economic plan against a plan proposed by the Democratic leadership. The central feature of the Republican plan was a dramati…

Reviving the Economy: Bush vs. The House Democrats

President Bush and the Democrats in the House of Representatives have submitted proposals to move the economy more quickly out of the current recession and to achieve a higher rate of economic growth.…

Do We Need a Tax Cut?

As the economy languishes and the presidential election nears, politicians of both parties are searching for ways to stimulate the economy and promote economic growth.

Auto Fuel Economy Standards: Good for the Environment or a Cause of Highway Dealths?

The Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) program was part of legislation enacted in 1975 to reduce American dependence on foreign oil.  Studies show that the CAFE is already responsible for 2,200 to…

Why Does Crime Pay?

America is burdened by an appalling amount of crime.  Although the crime rate is not soaring as it did during the 1960s and 1970s, we still have more crimes per capita than any other developed country…

If the Budget Summit Was a Success, Why is the Five-Year Deficit Heading Toward $1 Trillion?

The recently released 1992 federal budget documents the failure of the federal government to live within its means.

Will The New Budget Package Create A Recession?

The United States has experienced the longest peacetime economic expansion in its history, due to tax reductions enacted during the 1980s.

Rethinking the Clean Air Act Amendments

The Clean Air Act was passed in 1970 and has been amended on several occasions.  Recent amendments proposed by President Bush have been so altered in the Senate and the House of Representatives that t…

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