Topic: Maya MacGuineas
The plan, which includes a spending cap and carbon tax, would cut the budget deficit to less than 1 percent of GDP by 2020.
10/10/2010 11:40 am
Readers write in about taxes, and progress Obama has made.
07/02/2010 03:26 pm
The public pressure for reducing the country's ballooning deficit is rising, but will policy makers listen?
06/14/2010 04:15 pm
A White House plan released Monday would give the president more power to cut 'pork' spending. But Congress controls the federal purse strings jealously.
05/25/2010 09:38 am
President Obama's State of the Union speech evoked mixed reactions from groups representing seniors, environmentalists, and small businesses. Some praised his policy proposals but wanted to see more action.
01/28/2010 12:24 pm
It will cost an additional $30 billion a year. Some antiwar Democrats in Congress talk of a 'war tax,' but the most likely option to fund Obama's Afghanistan war plan is to keep borrowing.
12/02/2009 12:00 am
Cost-cutting accounting tricks are a common feature of Washington legislation. The Senate healthcare reform bill may be no exception.
11/20/2009 12:00 am
The issue of controlling healthcare costs is so contentious that Congress may opt for a bill that punts much of the task to an independent commission.
10/20/2009 01:00 am
Obama has called for a mechanism that would trigger budget slashing if the health overhaul adds to the federal deficit.
09/11/2009 01:00 am
The White House predicts $9 trillion in red ink from 2010 to 2019. But the Congressional Budget Office estimates $7 trillion. What's an ordinary taxpayer to make of the confusing numbers?
08/25/2009 01:00 am
Even as the president urges Senate Democrats to move quickly, a Congressional Budget Office ruling lowers a hurdle that tripped up the Clinton-era reform effort.
06/03/2009 01:00 am
‘Member projects’ are a tiny part of the federal budget, but they’re a problem for Obama.
03/03/2009 12:00 am
The number ballooned amid the banking bailout. Tax hikes may lie ahead.
10/16/2008 01:00 am