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  • Heritage’s Macroeconomic Estimate of Camp’s Tax Reform Proposal

    The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Data Analysis recently completed a preliminary macroeconomic analysis of House Ways and Means Committee chairman Dave Camp’s (R–MI) Tax Reform Act of 2014. This draft proposal includes comprehensive tax reform to federal treatment on individual income, business income, and corporate income and is motivated by … More

    Why Conservatives Don't Like the Ryan-Murray Budget Deal

    Next week, the Senate will consider the Ryan-Murray budget deal — a spending plan that disappoints conservatives and believers in a limited government that manages its finances. Earlier during the negotiations between House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-WA), my colleagues and I at … More

    Obamacare Continues to Cut Workers Hours

    A Washington Post front-page story reported what many of us already know: The employer mandate in Obamacare is causing employers to cut workers’ hours as well as the number of workers they employ. The employer mandate penalizes employers that do not provide the proper mandated level of insurance to their … More

    For the Record: Tax Increases Are Harmful, but Europe Has Pursued Them Anyway

    Heritage economist Salim Furth gave testimony last week to the Senate Budget Committee, reminding the Senators that economic research shows that deficit reduction should be pursued through spending cuts, not tax increases. Now he has responded to written questions in detail and explored the exemplary 1990s budget cuts. There is … More

    Obamacare Cost Rises by $30 Billion

    The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issued a new statement on the budgetary effect of repealing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) for fiscal years 2014 to 2023. The CBO did not model or update a full scoring of repeal. It found that the cost of Obamacare has increased by $30 billion … More

    Medicare Trustees Report Gives Seniors, Taxpayers a Bleak Future

    The 2013 Medicare trustees report reconfirms a basic fact: Seniors and taxpayers face a bleak future. The trustees project that Medicare’s share of the economy will almost triple over the next 75 years, forcing higher taxes to pay for an ever growing program. The recent slowdown in health care spending … More

    Senate Budget Tax Plan: Slowing Opportunity for Americans to Grow Income

    Senator Patty Murray’s (D–WA) budget tax plan directly calls for $975 billion in new tax increases over the next decade. Indeed, the Senate budget is only a framework document, but it clearly lays out who should pay the higher taxes. The Democratic majority wants higher taxes by “eliminating loopholes and … More

    Obamacare Continues to Restrict Hiring

    The Federal Reserve Beige Book, released on March 6, cited Obamacare as a factor in slowing hiring and employment growth. The Beige Book is a report published eight times a year that details the economic activity in the 12 different Federal Reserve regions. As this most recent report explains, “Employers … More

    The "Buffett Rule" Returns

    President Obama’s so-called Buffett Rule just won’t go away. It is back in its latest iteration because Senate Democrats proposed it to partially offset the soon-to-begin sequestration spending cuts. In the Senate Democrats’ version, the Buffett Rule, named after famed investor and vocal advocate for (and benefactor of) liberal policy … More

    Saving Medicare: New Legislation from Retiring Congressman Herger

    Retiring House Ways and Mean Health Care Subcommittee chairman Wally Herger (R–CA) has introduced the most complete and detailed major Medicare reform proposal in a decade. Herger leaves a rich legacy with the Save and Strengthen Medicare Act (H.R. 6645). The bill moves Medicare to a defined-contribution model with competition … More