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  • Medicare 'doc fix' doesn't fix much

    The Medicare bill passed by Congress Thursday  is an amalgam of temporary solutions to a host of health policy issues, special interest subsidies, and a promise of better health care for seniors. It may improve the way Medicare reimburses docs for the services they provide, but it won’t fix the problem.

  • Bobby Jindal finds the promised land of conservative tax policy

    Bobby promoting a plan to raise $526 million without a tax increase. His trick: Turn refundable business credits into non-refundable credits.

  • 'Family Fairness Tax Reform' is hard on poor families

    The "Economic Growth and Family Fair Tax" plan from Senators Rubio and Lee  is ambitious and expensive, but it may hurt many low-income families with children, according to new estimates. 

  • Tax cuts for the rich don't boost the economy. Tax cuts for the poor might.

    Tax cuts for the bottom 90 percent of US earners tend to result in more output, employment, consumption, and investment growth than equivalently sized tax cuts for the top 10 percent, according to a new paper. 

  • Why the government shouldn't tell people how to use food stamps

    Restricting food stamps to use on certain foods is only fair if we put restrictions on dozens of other programs that assist people —to attend school, save for retirement, buy homes, take care of their children. Instead, let’s trust Americans to use that assistance as they see fit and not tell them how to live their lives. 

  • Does the tax code reduce income inequality?

    Since it’s (almost) Tax Day, that April 15 deadline for filing tax returns, it’s a good time to ponder a very simple question: How much does the US tax system shrink the gap between rich and poor?

  • Ferguson city finances: not the new normal

    A recent DOJ investigation into the city of Feguson and its police department highlighted a 'focus on revenue rather than … public safety needs.' Even among smaller American cities still recovering from the recession, such a focus is far from normal. 

May 6, 2015

Photos of the day 05/06

Harlem Globetrotters' Hi-Lite Bruton and Ant Atitkson (far l.) watch teammate Flight Time Lang help Pope Francis spin the ball on his finger as they meet during the general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Wednesday.

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