US Rep. Ryan responds to concerns about his balanced-budget roadmap
In recent weeks, TaxVox has posted a couple of articles (here and here) that expressed concerns about US Rep. Paul Ryan's dramatic fiscal plan aimed at balancing the budget and eliminating the national debt by the end of the century. Today, the Wisconsin Republican issued this response.Skip to next paragraph
Howard Gleckman is a resident fellow at The Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, the author of Caring for Our Parents, and former senior correspondent in the Washington bureau of Business Week. (http://taxvox.taxpolicycenter.org)
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We raised two specific issues. The first was that Ryan's tax proposals are unlikely to generate enough revenue to accomplish his goals, even after he makes major reductions in spending. The second was that, rather than fully analyzing Ryan's Plan, the Congressional Budget Office, at the congressman's request, scored only the spending provisions and simply assumed the tax portion would raise the revenue Ryan claimed.
In his response, Ryan says he asked both CBO and the Joint Committee on Taxation to formally score his tax plan, but neither did so. His also lays out his case for why his tax plan would raise the amount of revenue he projects--about 19 percent of GDP.
I hope we can all keep the discussion going on this critical issue.
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