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The Paul Ryan budget: 5 go-to sources for understanding it

Looking for in-depth analysis of the Paul Ryan budget plan? D.C. Decoder has compiled a list of excellent sources to help you sort out truth from fiction.

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2. Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities' analysis of Ryan’s budget proposal draws from reports by the Congressional Budget Office and the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center. In addition to providing its own roundup of CBPP blog posts, graphics, and analysis of the Ryan budget as a whole, it offers point-by-point analysis on how his plan would affect taxes, Medicare, federal expenditures, and funding for state and local governments.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities researches how fiscal policy and programs at the federal and state levels will affect low- and middle-income Americans and advocates on behalf of low-income people.

The value of the CBPP analysis is in the level of detail. In explaining Ryan’s tax plan, it provides, for example, charts that show the percentage change in after-tax income for each income bracket.

The CBPP walks readers through Ryan’s Medicare reform plan step by step, from big changes such as premium support vouchers and the rise in the age of eligibility, to more specific details such as managing long-term Medicare spending growth and explaining the prescription-drug coverage "doughnut hole." 

When outlining the affects of the Ryan plan on state and local governments, the CBPP identifies what types of state and local programs are funded through discretionary spending, and how those programs would be affected by cuts. 


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