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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.

Oct 23, 2013 | Taxes

Citizens for Tax Justice Releases Tax Reform Plan

Citizens for Tax Justice has released a new tax reform plan which eliminates some tax breaks and uses some of the revenue to cut the top rate and...
Oct 23, 2013

Social Security Can Show a Way Forward

Years of failed budget negotiations have illustrated the political difficulties of a big budget deal. Neither political party is willing to touch...
Oct 23, 2013

Line Items: Back in Business Edition

Shutdown Smackdown – The shutdown ended and a default was averted last week, but the fallout continues as voters express their displeasure with...
Oct 22, 2013 | Taxes

The 1986 Tax Reform Act Turns 27

On this day 27 years ago, President Ronald Reagan signed into the law the Tax Reform Act of 1986, which stands as the last major overhaul of the US...
Oct 22, 2013 | Budgets & Projections

New Poll Finds Broad Support for Comprehensive Debt Plan

The Campaign to Fix the Debt has recently released the results of a new national telephone poll that found broad support for a comprehensive deficit...
Oct 22, 2013

Fix the Debt Releases Citizen's Plan

Yesterday, the Campaign to Fix the Debt unveiled its Citizens' Plan for lawmakers to consider over these next two months of budgetary debates....
Oct 21, 2013

Larry Fink: Washington Needs to Prove the Political System Still Works

As the dust begins to clear from this month's political battle over the debt ceiling and government shutdown, there have many reports of businesses...
Oct 21, 2013 | Budgets & Projections

The (Ongoing) Cost of the Government Shutdown

Now that the government shutdown and debt default threat are in the rearview mirror (for now), analysts have been taking time to survey the economic...
Oct 18, 2013

MY VIEW: Maya MacGuineas

The shutdown may be over and fears of a default adverted for now, but the reality remains that we still haven't made any progress on our debt problem...
Oct 18, 2013 | Budgets & Projections

Sequester Replacement Must be Fiscally Responsible

Recent reports have suggested the new budget conference committee may focus its attention of a deal to replace sequestration. A recent paper from the...