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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.

Sep 23, 2016 | Budget Process

Event Recap: Budget Process Reform - Senate Perspectives

On September 19, our Better Budget Process Initiative hosted Budget Process Reform - Senate Perspectives on Capitol Hill. The event featured a...
Secretary Clinton
Sep 22, 2016 | Taxes

Clinton Proposes New Taxes to Offset New Proposals

In recent weeks, Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has proposed a series of new tax breaks for small businesses and for parents in...
Sep 21, 2016 | Budget Process

Gene Steuerle & Rudolph Penner: Restoring More Discretion to the Federal Budget

Dr. C. Eugene (Gene) Steuerle is the Richard B. Fisher chair and Institute Fellow at the Urban Institute and Dr. Rudolph G. Penner is an Institute...
Donald Trump

Getting Real About Paying For Trump's Tax Plan

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump announced significant revisions to his tax plan that would reduce its cost by about half, a change...
Sep 15, 2016 | Other Spending

Explaining Donald Trump's Penny Plan for Non-Defense Spending

Much of the attention in Thursday's remarks by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has focused on his revised tax plan, but another...
Mitch Daniels
Sep 14, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Mitch Daniels: Washington’s Wake-Up Call

Mitch Daniels is the president of Purdue University, a former governor of Indiana, a former director of the Office of Management and Budget, and a co...
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Sep 13, 2016 | Health Care| Taxes

Expanding Medical Deduction Would Add to Debt

Congress is at it again - proposing to extend tax breaks without paying for them, and add new ones in the process. Today, the House voted to expand...
Sep 12, 2016 | Budget Process

Judd Gregg: Fixing the Budget

Judd Gregg, a former Republican senator from New Hampshire, served as chairman of the Senate Budget Committee from 2005 to 2007 and ranking member...
Sep 9, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Three CRFB and Fix the Debt Board Members Testify Before Congress

On September 8, three CRFB and Fix the Debt board members – Mitch Daniels, Judd Gregg, and Alice Rivlin – testified before the Joint...
Sep 7, 2016 | Other Spending

How Much Would Trump's New Defense Plan Cost?

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump introduced a proposal today to increase defense spending and rebuild the military. Specifically, his...