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Welcome to our blog – The Bottom Line, where you’ll find up-to-date commentary and analysis on the most important news in the fiscal world. Below is a list of our blog posts.

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Oct 18, 2016 | Social Security

The Social Security COLA for 2017 Has Been Announced

Today the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for Social Security benefits next year will be 0.3...
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Oct 11, 2016 | Social Security

Three Takes on Reforming Social Security

Though neither major party presidential nominee has offered a plan to shore up the Social Security trust funds, prompt action is needed to prevent...
Oct 7, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

The Fiscal State of Play

Some commentators have made the argument that our nation’s fiscal challenges are not particularly large. So what is the fiscal state of play?...
Oct 7, 2016 | Budget Process

Senator Perdue Outlines Ideas for Budget Process Reform

After leading a colloquy on the Senate floor regarding problems with the budget process, Senator David Perdue (R-GA) outlined his plans for budget...
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Oct 7, 2016 | Social Security

Gene Steuerle: Social Security Must Be Fair for Everyone, Not Just Retirees

Dr. Eugene (Gene) Steuerle is the Richard B. Fisher chair and Institute fellow at the Urban Institute and a member of the Committee for a Responsible...
Oct 7, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Maya MacGuineas: Debate Questions But No Real Answers on National Debt, Social Security

Maya MacGuineas, president of the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt, analyzed the vice...
Oct 6, 2016 | Taxes

Is Clinton's Tax Increase One of the Largest in History?

In addition to a statement about his tax cut during the first presidential debate in late September, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump...
Oct 4, 2016 | Economics

Judd Gregg: Time for fiscal policy to drive growth

Judd Gregg, a former Republican senator from New Hampshire, served as chairman of the Senate Budget Committee from 2005 to 2007 and ranking member...
Oct 3, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Clinton & Trump: Where Will Our Debt Be in 10 Years?

Our recent report Promises and Price Tags: A Preliminary Update estimated that both major party presidential candidates' proposals would add to...
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Oct 3, 2016 | Social Security

Tim Penny: Clinton and Democrats Need to Address Social Security

Tim Penny is the president and CEO of the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, a former congressman from Minnesota, and a co-chair of the...