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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.

An Insurance Conglomerate with a Shrinking Government on the Side, in Three Graphs

It's no secret that a significant portion of the federal budget is devoted to our national defense and insurance programs like Social Security,...
Nov 7, 2013 | Taxes

The Tax Break-Down: The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit

This is the fourteenth post in our blog series, The Tax Break-Down, which will analyze and review tax breaks under discussion as part of tax reform....

Social Security Should Be Part of the Conversation

All eyes are on the budget conference committee, which has a myriad of options available to consider as it negotiates this year's budget resolution....
Nov 6, 2013

How Close Did CBO Get?

The Treasury Department released its final estimate of the budget figures for FY 2013 last week, with a final deficit figure of $680 billion. Today,...
Nov 6, 2013

Line Items: After the Treats Edition

Sugar Crash – Another Halloween has come and gone. Many kids (and adults) have been quickly going through their sugar-filled loot. Eventually,...
Nov 6, 2013

Remember, Remember, the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990

Yesterday was the 5th of November, also known Guy Fawkes Day in the UK. But in the US, this date also has special significance for being the day upon...
Nov 5, 2013 | Health Care

SGR Discussion Draft Coming Together

The Senate Finance and House Ways & Means Committees, last week, released a bipartisan, bicameral discussion draft of a proposal to permanently...
Nov 4, 2013 | Budgets & Projections

A Conference Committee Wishlist

With conference committee meetings underway, many are weighing in with their take on what should be accomplished. On Friday, Fareed Zakaria at CNN...
Nov 1, 2013

Administration's FSA Change Adds to Debt

The Obama Administration made an administrative change today to rules regarding Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) that could cost taxpayers hundreds...

Gimmicks at Their Worst: The War "Savings" Gimmick

As lawmakers look to replace the sequester with smarter deficit reduction, it may be tempting to look for easy ways out. Unfortunately in recent...

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