Daily Policy Digest

Tax and Spending Issues

Opposition to Spending Bill on Both Sides

The House spending bill would provide $1.1 trillion in federal funding through September 2015...

Putting Government Spending into Perspective

The United States spent $3.5 trillion in 2014, ran a deficit of $486 billion and has a national debt of almost $18 trillion...

Taxes on the Chopping Block in 2015

With a new, Republican-controlled Congress taking office in January, lawmakers will likely focus on reforming the federal tax code...

Lawyers See Big Profits from Disability Claims

Attorneys receive taxpayer-funded fees each time they successfully place a client in the Social Security Disability Insurance program...

Tax Fraud -- in Prisons?

Tax fraud by prisoners has become a billion dollar problem...

Federal Government Spent $3.1 Trillion in the States in 2013

The national government spent $3.1 trillion in the states in 2013, up from $2.5 trillion in 2004...

The CBO Needs Dynamic, not Static, Scoring Models

When Congress passes a spending bill or a new tax measure, it is scored by either the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) or the Joint Committee on Taxation (JT)T. Unfortunately, both entities used flawed scoring models...

Stockholders Lose Dividends with High Corporate Tax Rates

Typically, American companies have paid dividends worth 4 to 5 percent of stock value. Over the last several years, however, dividends have been closer to 2 percent...

Combating Executive Orders with Appropriations

Congress can use the appropriations process to limit the conditions for which federal money can be used...

Top Earners Change from Year to Year

Are America's highest earners the same, static group of ultra-wealthy individuals, sitting atop the income distribution from year to year?...


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