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  • The Great Debt Debate

    By Michael Rainey

    We told you last week about a new paper from economist Olivier Blanchard that caused a stir by suggesting that government debt may be less problematic than many experts have believed. Blanchard found...

  • Economists: It's Time for a Carbon Tax That Pays Dividends

    By Michael Rainey

    Dozens of prominent economists with extensive experience in government service signed a statement in Thursday’s Wall Street Journal calling for a carbon tax. “Global climate change is a serious...

  • The Apple logo is pictured on the front of a retail store in the Marina neighborhood in San Francisco, California April 23, 2014. The company is set to announce its first quarter earnings. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith  (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS SCIENCE

    How 4 Big US Companies Used Their Tax Cuts

    By Michael Rainey

    Bloomberg’s Laura Davison looked at what some major American corporations did with the tax cut windfalls they received in 2018. How did Apple, Walt Disney, Visa International and Starbucks use their...

  • A red traffic light stands in front of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington

    Is the ‘Era of Tax Reductions’ Over?

    By Michael Rainey

    If Greg Valliere, chief global strategist at Horizon Investments, is correct, Wall Street should be worried about the rise of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). In a note to clients Wednesday,...

  • Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks at her midterm election night party in New York City

    The Ongoing Fight Over Ocasio-Cortez’s 70% Top Tax Bracket

    By Michael Rainey

    The lively debate over the proposal by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) to raise the top marginal tax rate to 70 percent continues, as it no doubt will for many months to come, with former...

  • 5 Tax Issues to Watch in 2019

    By The Fiscal Times Staff

    A divided Congress isn’t going to make another round of sweeping changes to the tax law this year, but there are plenty of important tax issues that are likely to come up. Tax Policy Center Senior...

  • Why 2018 Was an ‘Unusual Year’ for US Tax Revenues

    By Michael Rainey

    Federal tax revenues were lower in 2018 than in 2017, reversing a trend of rising revenues seen in recent years, according to U.S. Treasury data tracked by District Economics Group. DEG’s Diane Lim...

  • Washington, DC

    What’s in the New House Rules Package

    By Michael Rainey

    The new Democratic-controlled House is expected to adopt a rules package Thursday, with provisions covering a variety of issues ranging from wearing religious headgear on the House floor (to be...

  • FILE PHOTO:  U.S. President Trump displays signature after signing tax bill into law at the White House in Washington

    Did Trump’s Tax Cuts Make America Poorer?

    By Michael Rainey

    Economist Paul Krugman took another look at the 2017 tax cuts in The New York Times Tuesday, arguing that they are “even worse than you’ve heard.” Many critics of the tax bill have complained that...

  • The Worst Tax Idea of 2018

    By Michael Rainey

    The Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center on Thursday handed out its annual Lump of Coal award for the worst tax idea of the year. The impressive list of nominees from TPC’s Howard Gleckman include: *...

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