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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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Two Months, Four Fiscal Speed Bumps to Deal With

We are coming down the home stretch of calendar year 2015, with only a little more than two months left. Lawmakers will have to get to work as they...
Oct 19, 2015 | Budgets & Projections

Update: Why Our Debt Is Still a Problem Even if Deficits Fall

September 30th marked the end of the Fiscal Year, and the final numbers are in.  The deficit for last year was $439 billion, according to the...
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Oct 18, 2015 | Other Spending

Could Eliminating the Payroll Tax Cap Extend Solvency to 2061 and Allow for Expanded Benefits?

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) discussed his plans to increase Social Security benefits and extend the program's solvency by saying "And the way...
Oct 18, 2015 | Economics

Will Immigration Reform Increase Annual Wages by $250?

One claim made by former Gov. Martin O' Malley (D-MD) during last night’s debate is that immigration reform will "make wages go up in...
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Oct 18, 2015 | Taxes

Do the Top 0.6 Percent of Americans Generate 30 Percent of the Revenue?

Gov. Lincoln Chafee (D-RI) said “So let's go back to the tax code. And 0.6 percent of Americans are at the top echelon, over 464,000, 0.6...
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Oct 15, 2015 | Budgets & Projections

How Would Governor Kasich's Plan Reduce Deficits?

Republican Presidential candidate Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) has released an "Action Plan" that plots a path to (on-)budget...

Fiscal FactCheck: The First Democratic Debate

This blog is part of the “Fiscal FactCheck” series designed to examine the accuracy of budget-related statements made during the 2016...
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Oct 14, 2015 | Social Security

As Life Expectancy Gap Widens, The Well-To-Do Collect More Benefits

In an op-ed for the Washington Post, Robert Samuelson called attention to a new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and...
Oct 13, 2015 | Other Spending

Funding Challenges Continue For Pension Insurer

A recent Wall Street Journal article highlighted the shortfalls facing the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), which guarantees defined-...
Oct 13, 2015 | Other Spending

Clinton's College Affordability Proposal, Explained

One of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's first major policy proposals focused on college affordability. Called the "New...