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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.

Apr 2, 2014 | Taxes

What's In and What's Out of the Extenders Bill

Update: Two days later, the Senate Finance Committee amended the legislation to extend nearly all of the provisions that had been allowed to...

Explaining Ryan's "Fiscal Dividend"

A new feature of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's (R-WI) FY 2015 budget is assumption of a "fiscal dividend," which reflects the...
Apr 2, 2014

MY VIEW: Marc Goldwein

Elected officials in Congress often hide new spending or tax cuts by taking advantage of the rules followed by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO...
Apr 1, 2014 | Budgets & Projections

How Ryan Gets to Balance

With the medium-term economic and budget outlook weaker than last year, House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan's (R-WI) goal of reaching a balanced budget...
Apr 1, 2014 | Budgets & Projections

Spending and Revenue in the FY2015 Ryan Budget

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) released his FY 2015 budget today, outlining a series of changes that promise to reduce the debt as...
Apr 1, 2014 | Budgets & Projections

An Overview of the Ryan FY 2015 Budget

This morning, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan released his FY 2015 budget proposal, "The Path to Prosperity." The budget reaches...
Mar 31, 2014 | Health Care

SGR Continues to Slow Health Care Cost Growth

The Senate voted 64-35 today to approve a 12-month temporary “doc fix” to push back the impending nearly 25 percent cut to Medicare...
Mar 31, 2014 | Taxes

Camp Makes More Fiscally Responsible Choices

In a letter to the Ways & Means Committee, CRFB President Maya MacGuineas states that Chairman Dave Camp's tax reform draft made...
Mar 31, 2014 | Taxes

Bonus Depreciation Has Cost $220 Billion Since 2008

Last week, we made the case that an expired provision known as bonus depreciation be treated separately from the other tax extenders, both because it...
Mar 28, 2014 | Other Spending

Pentagon White Paper Looks at Reforms to Military Retirement

A recent Department of Defense white paper takes a close look at what reforms to the military retirement system might look like, even though the...