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The Debate Over Earmarks

January 17, 2018

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are debating whether to revive the practice of earmarks after President Trump expressed support for reversing a ban that has been in place since 2011.

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Everything Needs To Be On the Table in Budget Negotiations

December 11, 2017
When it comes to budget negotiations, many interest groups demand that certain items be considered “off the table” and exempt from any changes. The reality, however, is that everything needs to be on the table for both economic and political reasons.
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Sequestration Is a Bad Way to Make Budget Cuts

December 07, 2017
To reduce budget deficits, policymakers must make politically painful policy changes by raising taxes on constituents and/or reducing spending on services provided to them. Because different tax increases or spending cuts of the same magnitude do not always have the same impact, policymakers should aim to make informed decisions that target these policy changes rationally.
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Tax Reform Should Be Fully Paid For -- Without Gimmicks

This op-ed, written by Concord Coalition Co-Chair Bob Kerrey and Alan K. Simpson, co-founder of Fix the Debt, appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer and on Philly.com. The former senators shared Concord's Economic Patriot Award in 1996.