Tag: ‘tax cuts’

What’s The Matter With Kansas And Its Tax Cuts? It Can’t Do Math

By :: July 15th, 2014

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and his state legislature have embarked on a wonderful natural experiment. Once again we are testing the question: Can tax cuts pay for themselves? The answer– yet again– is a resounding no. We’ve tried this experiment time and again. And tax cut proponents such as economist Art Laffer continue to insist they […]

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Highways, Pensions, Deficits and Reform: A Long and Winding Road

By :: June 27th, 2014

“Are we there yet?” It’s just a little (or a lot) further for the federal Highway Trust Fund. Congress just left for a week-long recess, leaving the Highway Trust Fund nearly empty. The Senate Finance Committee didn’t support Chairman Ron Wyden’s $9 billion tax-raising patch, in spite of Wyden’s willingness to drop some tax increases. […]

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In the Midwest, Across the Pacific, and Down Under

By :: June 4th, 2014

Looks like there’ll be tax cuts in Ohio. The state’s legislature has produced a compromise bill that heads to Republican Governor John Kasich’s desk this week. Ohio had passed a 10-percent across-the-board income tax cut last year that was to be phased in by 2015. The compromise bill will make the tax reduction fully effective this year, […]

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“Common Sense” Aside, What Do We Really Know About Capital Income Taxes and Growth?

By :: March 15th, 2013

If you’re discussing tax policy with someone who asserts that his or her point is “just common sense,” this could indicate one of two things: Either no deep thought is required—as the person would have you believe. Or no deep thought has been applied. The “common sense” notion that capital income taxes hinder growth seems […]

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House GOP Would Need $5.7 Trillion in Tax Hikes to Offset Ryan Rate Cuts

By :: March 15th, 2013

House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) fiscal plan promises to balance the federal budget in 10 years, make major cuts in income tax rates for both individuals and corporations, and raise the same amount of revenue as current law. If House Republicans want to do all three, they will have to eliminate trillions of […]

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Give Now or Pay Later: The Ever-Changing Estate and Gift Tax

By :: December 13th, 2012

For over a decade, the federal estate and gift tax has been in constant flux with its exemption rising, its rates falling, and its near-death experience in 2010 followed by resurrection in a reduced state. Now Congress once again has to decide what to do about these levies, which affect relatively few taxpayers but get an […]

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A Disappointing Presidential Campaign Comes to an End

By :: November 1st, 2012

With the U.S. facing huge domestic policy challenges, one might have hoped for a serious debate on fiscal issues between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. One would have been deeply disappointed. Rather than framing what seem to be profoundly different views of government, the candidates chose to double-down on what Bill Clinton memorably called the […]

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Five Things You Should Know about Mitt Romney’s “$5 Trillion Tax Cut”

By :: October 12th, 2012

You’ve probably heard claims that Mitt Romney wants to cut taxes by $5 trillion. Here are five things you should know about that figure: 1. $5 trillion is the gross amount of tax cuts he has proposed, not the net impact of all his intended tax reforms. Governor Romney has been very specific about the […]

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Can Romney Cut Taxes for the Rich Without Reducing Their Share of Taxes? Yes, but….

By :: October 11th, 2012

President Obama says Governor Romney will cut taxes for high-income households by $250,000. Romney counters that under his plan, the rich will pay the same share of taxes they do today. Who’s right? It all depends on what plan you are looking at and what you are measuring. The first problem is the two candidates […]

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Will Romney Scale Back Rate Cuts If Congress Won’t Curb Tax Breaks?

By :: September 25th, 2012

Yesterday, Kevin Hassett, an American Enterprise Institute economist and informal adviser to Mitt Romney, insisted that Romney would not raise taxes on low- and middle-income households in order to finance his promised 20 percent across-the-board rate cut. Nor would those rate cuts increase the deficit. Instead, Kevin predicted that if Congress did not trim tax […]

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