Tax Reform Should Be Fully Paid For -- Without Gimmicks

Submitted by swinn on Thu, 12/07/2017 - 09:35
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.

Congress Continues to Struggle With Overdue Spending Decisions

Submitted by swinn on Tue, 12/05/2017 - 09:56

While still working on tax legislation, Congress now finds itself in an all-too-familiar place: Only days away from a possible government shutdown because spending decisions that should have been made months ago are still up in the air.

Since Fiscal 2018 began Oct. 1, lawmakers have relied on a stop-gap measure (“continuing resolution”) to keep the government open. That measure expires at the end of this week, giving Congress the choice between a partial government shutdown or another continuing resolution that would likely last until later this month.

A Message From George Washington on Debt and Taxes

Submitted by jgordon on Mon, 12/04/2017 - 11:24

Before Congress approves a final package of tax cuts estimated to add more than a trillion dollars to the national debt over 10 years -- in addition to the $10 trillion already projected under current law -- The Concord Coalition urges President Trump and all lawmakers to consider George Washington’s advice on debt and taxes delivered as part of his Farewell Address.

In a passage that could serve today as a principled tweet of moral guidance, Washington warned against “ungenerously throwing upon posterity the burden which we ourselves ought to bear.”

Senate Tax Bill: Too Much Debt, Too Many Gimmicks

Submitted by swinn on Sat, 12/02/2017 - 00:04

WASHINGTON -- The Concord Coalition said today that the tax legislation considered by the Senate is based on flawed economics, reckless fiscal policy and blatant budget gimmickry. It would worsen the nation’s fiscal outlook and introduce new complexities in the tax code at a time when policymakers should be aiming to lower deficits and make the tax code more efficient.

Budget Process Changes or Trigger Mechanisms Can Not Substitute for Political Will

Submitted by jgordon on Thu, 11/30/2017 - 16:42
There is no shortage of proposals in Congress and in academia for improving the federal budget process. Given that the process has remained essentially unchanged since 1974, it may well be overdue for a facelift. Many of these proposals, such as biennial budgeting, could refocus lawmakers’ attention on long-term thinking. Others would create long-term fiscal targets and automatic mechanisms to enforce them.

Tax Cut Numbers Don't Add Up

Submitted by swinn on Mon, 11/20/2017 - 10:12

This op-ed by Concord Coalition Executive Director Robert L. Bixby discusses some of the problems with the House and Senate tax bills. The article was originally published this week in Seacoast Sunday.

 

Republicans in the House and Senate are now debating their respective $1.5 trillion tax cut plans, which must be combined into one bill and passed by both chambers before going to President Trump for his consideration.

Proposed Tax Legislation Falls Short of Needed Reform

Submitted by swinn on Thu, 11/16/2017 - 14:59

This op-ed by Concord Coalition Executive Director Robert L. Bixby argues that both the tax bill passed Thursday by the House and legislation under consideration in the Senate fall short of true reform. The column originally appeared this week in the Daily Times Herald (Carroll, Iowa).

Everyone in Washington agrees that the federal tax system needs substantial reform.

Entitlement Reform Should Reduce Subsidies for Those Who Don't Need Them

Submitted by jgordon on Tue, 11/14/2017 - 07:50
Individuals with the least wealth or income potential are the most dependent on government programs for support. Thus, when policymakers talk about reforming entitlement programs, many observers are concerned about the potential impact on these vulnerable groups. The good news is that there are plenty of responsible ways to reduce costs without unduly burdening beneficiaries.

New Study Highlights State Budget Problems

Submitted by swinn on Mon, 11/13/2017 - 09:36

When state and local governments run into serious financial problems, they often turn to Washington in search of possible solutions. So with the federal government already on an unsustainable fiscal path, a new report raises troubling questions about many state budget practices around the country.

The report expressed particular concern about “legacy costs,” which include retirement obligations for public employees and retiree health care.

Tax Bills Based on Unsound Economics, Unwise Fiscal Policy

Submitted by swinn on Fri, 11/10/2017 - 15:04

WASHINGTON -- With the House and Senate now considering separate plans to overhaul the tax code, The Concord Coalition urges lawmakers to reconsider their current approaches, notably the idea of deficit-financed tax cuts.