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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.

Tim Penny
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...
Sep 30, 2016 | Budget Process

Senator Dan Coats Introduces Bill To Establish Fiscal Commission

Senator Dan Coats (R-IN) introduced the ‘‘Mandatory Bureaucratic Realignment and Consolidation Commission Act of 2016’’ (or...
Sep 30, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

As We Enter the New Fiscal Year, A Look Back at FY 2016

While most of the country will not be celebrating the new year for another three months, today marks the turnover of the fiscal year (FY) with...
Sep 29, 2016 | Budget Process

Senator David Perdue Advocates For New Budget Process Reforms

As Congress rushed to pass a temporary continuing resolution to keep the government operating when the fiscal year begins on Saturday, a group of...
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Sep 29, 2016 | Other Spending

Appropriations Watch: FY 2017

On 9/28 the House passed the continuing resolution on 342-85 vote.  Earlier that day the Senate passed it 72-26.  The continuing resolution...
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Sep 28, 2016

A Conversation With the Candidates' Economic Advisors

We hosted a lunch conversation with economic advisors from the presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The event "How Would...
Sep 27, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Senate to Vote on Continuing Resolution

With the deadline for avoiding a government shutdown approaching on Friday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) introduced last Thursday a...
Donald Trump
Sep 26, 2016 | Taxes

Is Trump's Tax Cut the Largest Since Reagan?

During the first Presidential debate on September 26, Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump said "my tax cut is the biggest since...
Sep 26, 2016

Factchecking and Live-Tweeting the Presidential Debate

For more than a year, our Fiscal FactCheck project has been honing our expertise in budget, tax, health, and spending policy to evaluate the...
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Accounting For Growth With Trump's Fiscal Plans

Last week, we estimated that Donald Trump's policies would increase ten-year deficits by $5.3 trillion, resulting in debt held by the public...