June 23, 2017


Legislative Concerns About Trump’s Budget

The federal government’s financial problems are so large that all parts of the budget -- from entitlements to defense spending to tax breaks -- should be considered “on the table” for fiscal reform discussions.

Comprehensive, lasting reform will require substantial public sacrifice. As responsible elected officials in both parties have long recognized, this burden will need to be widely shared. Proposals that fail to spread the burden lack both mathematical and political credibility.

Hassett Hearing Brings Realism to Economic Discourse

President Trump’s nominee for chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA), Kevin Hassett, appeared before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee for his confirmation hearing on Tuesday.

CBO Remains Essential to Responsible Budget Decisions

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is responsible for providing Congress and the American public with objective, detailed and non-partisan analysis of current fiscal trends and proposed legislation.

Given the difficulties of that assignment and the stakes that are often involved for elected officials, the CBO inevitably faces some political potshots and second-guessing. Over the years some of that has come from Democrats and some from Republicans.

N.H. Programs Encourage Young Adults to Focus on Fiscal Issues

After a recent “Budgets & Beers” presentation concerning federal budget problems -- notably a massive and growing debt -- I was asked: “What hope do we have for the future?”

That is a good question, one that comes up frequently when people begin to understand the depth of the country’s fiscal problems.

Fortunately, there is much hope  -- especially if younger Americans become more aware of our nation’s fiscal challenges and engaged in the search for solutions.   

Mnuchin: Debt Limit Deadline May Be Sooner Than First Expected

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin warned lawmakers recently that the deadline to raise or suspend the federal debt limit may be sooner than previously thought. The change is due to lower-than-expected tax receipts in April, which is typically the best month of the year for the government’s balance sheet due to tax-filing deadlines.

GOP Lawmaker Criticizes Administration's Growth Assumptions

The Trump administration’s budget plan rests heavily on the assumption that the American economy will grow much more rapidly in the next decade than the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and many private-sector economists have projected.

Social Security and Medicare Dominate Trump Spending Plan

In presenting President Trump’s first budget to the House Budget Committee last week, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said that it “keeps the president’s promise to balance the budget within the next decade and reduce our debt without affecting beneficiaries of Social Security and Medicare retirement programs, and without raising taxes.”

The New Score of the AHCA

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has released its cost estimate

‘Fiscal Summit’ Focuses on Debt, Need for Sustainability

Leading policymakers in both parties, business leaders and prominent experts on the federal budget generally agreed at a Washington policy forum Tuesday that the United States faces difficult fiscal challenges and should act soon to deal with them.

North Carolina Program Highlights U.S. Budget Challenges

Members and guests of the Charlotte Economics Club in North Carolina gathered for a luncheon on May 18 to hear a trio of fiscal policy experts discuss the massive budgetary challenges facing the nation.

Robert Bixby, executive director of The Concord Coalition, moderated the timely discussion with Diane Lim, principal economist for the Conference Board, and G. William Hoagland, senior vice president of the Bipartisan Policy Center.  Lim had experience working in the Clinton administration while Hoagland served on the staff of Senate Republicans.