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    What Are Economists Really Saying About Tax Rate Increases?

    On Friday, Representative Pete Sessions (R–TX) and House Speaker John Boehner (R–OH) ran afoul of Glenn Kessler’s “Fact Checker” blog regarding a study of President Obama’s proposed tax increase. Before deciding on a tax change, policymakers are wise to look at the economic impacts of the change. Two Studies In … More

    Vice Presidential Debate: True/False Quiz on Taxes and Entitlements

    Taxes and entitlements were two important domestic policy topics discussed during the debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Representative Paul Ryan. Among the many claims made were some that were true and some that were false. Can you guess which ones are true or false? Medicare and Social Security … More

    Morning Bell: Heritage Experts React to Vice Presidential Debate

    Vice President Biden and Representative Paul Ryan squared off last night for a spirited and intense 90-minute debate at Centre College in Danville, KY. Topics ranged from foreign to domestic, touching on serious issues that Heritage policy experts grapple with every day. While many commentators were critiquing style, a team … More

    Morning Bell: Heritage Experts React to First Presidential Debate

    During last night’s debate between President Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney, Heritage’s domestic policy experts were live-blogging their analysis of the ideas discussed. Below are some of the highlights of our experts’ reactions to the major points made. We will be discussing the debate in a live Twitter chat … More

    Debate 2012: Obama Cites Debunked Study on Romney's Tax Plan

    During tonight’s debate, President Obama touted an analysis of Governor Mitt Romney’s tax plan that is fatally flawed and has been debunked by a policy expert at Heritage. The analysis, conducted by the Tax Policy Center — a joint venture of the urban institute and Brookings Institution – concluded that to … More

    Washington Post Misses on Romney Tax Plan and Step-Up Basis

    The debate about former Governor Mitt Romney’s (R-MA) tax plan has reached a fevered pitch. In fact, The Washington Post published two articles (here and here) about it. The second repeated the confusion surrounding a poorly understood policy known as “step-up.” Recently, I weighed in to correct the false statement … More

    Romney's Tax Plan Doesn't Have to Raise Taxes on the Middle Class

    The Tax Policy Center (TPC) made headlines with its analysis of Governor Mitt Romney’s tax reform plan. The authors of the TPC report found, incorrectly as it turns out, that Romney’s plan would “necessitate” a tax increase on middle- and low-income taxpayers. Their conclusion is wrong and the report flawed … More

    Chart of the Week: How to End Deficits Without Raising Taxes

    President Obama and congressional leaders can’t seem to agree on any plan to avert a debt crisis. As the White House’s Aug. 2 deadline approaches, the House has adopted the Cut, Cap and Balance Act, while the Senate has floated a number of bad ideas. Earlier this year, The Heritage Foundation formulated … More

    TPC’s Hits and Misses on Ryan’s Roadmap

    On March 9 the Tax Policy Center (TPC) released a preliminary analysis of the tax reform proposal contained in Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) Roadmap for America’s Future fiscal plan. The TPC analysis helps Ryan advance the tax reform ball considerably, but it also raises issues some of which need to … More