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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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Nov 10, 2015 | Taxes

Bonus Depreciation Has Cost Over $200 Billion So Far and Could Cost $450 Billion

With Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) being elected as Speaker of the House, the Ways & Means (W&M) Committee Chair has gone to Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX...
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Nov 10, 2015 | Social Security

Gene Steuerle: Recent Social Security reform doesn’t fix unfair spousal benefits

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...
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Nov 10, 2015 | Other Spending

Can the Budget Realistically Be Balanced Without Touching Social Security or Medicare?

During this election cycle, candidates may try to claim that it’s possible to bring the federal budget to balance without touching Medicare or...
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Nov 10, 2015 | Budgets & Projections

Does John Kasich Have a Plan to Balance the Budget in Ten Years?

During the November 10 Republican debate, Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) touted his plan which he said would balance the budget by the end of his second...
Nov 9, 2015 | Health Care

New Reconciliation Estimate Still Points to Long-Term Trouble

In light of recent developments, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has updated its estimate of the health care reconciliation bill (previously...
Nov 9, 2015 | Taxes

Infographic Comparing Candidates' Tax Plans

Fiscal FactCheck released an infographic comparing the costs of several GOP presidential candidates’ tax plans. So far, the Tax Foundation...

Five Gimmicks Only Budget Wonks Get

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, signed into law earlier this week, is fully offset over the next ten years, according to the scoring conventions...
Nov 6, 2015 | Budgets & Projections

Budget Deal Takes 20 Years to Offset Its Cost

The recently-enacted budget deal does not offset its ten-year cost like advocates have claimed, but what about the longer-term impact? The deal...

A New War Spending Gimmick In The Budget Deal

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 is now the law of the land. While the law does not necessarily prevent a government shutdown, it does raise the...
Nov 3, 2015 | Taxes

Does Rubio's Tax Plan Both Help the Poor the Most and Help the Rich More Than the Middle Class?

In the third Republican debate, moderator John Harwood and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) had a small squabble about the distributional impact of the tax...