Which should get extended by the lame-duck Congress, jobless benefits for hard-hit families, or tax cuts for the rich?
Obama travels to Cleveland to pitch a tax break package worth as much as $300 billion for businesses. But economists are skeptical that many jobs can be gained this way.
For most states, new taxes are off the agenda next fiscal year, according to reports from the National Governors Association. The recovering economy will yield higher tax revenues for states, but not to pre-recession levels.
Among the new health care bill facts: The legislation will bring tax hikes, mainly on the highest-income Americans.
With job losses this recession the worst since the 1930s, government stimulus can only do so much.