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Chartbook: Playing By the (Budget) Rules

Below is a Chartbook that corresponds to the paper "Playing By the (Budget) Rules: Understanding and Preventing Budget Gimmicks"  

Goldwein and Moller: How Congress Cheats with Our Money — and How We Can Stop It

Marc Goldwein is senior vice president and senior policy director and Zach Moller is a senior policy analyst at the Committee for a Responsible...

Playing By the (Budget) Rules: Understanding and Preventing Budget Gimmicks

The breakdown in the federal budget process and erosion of budget discipline have led to the increasingly pervasive reliance on budget gimmicks....
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Gimmicks to Look Out For in a Spending Deal

With Congress moving toward funding the government for the remainder of fiscal year 2018, pressure is mounting to increase discretionary spending....
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Nov 3, 2017 | Blog Paper Press Release | Taxes

House Tax Plan May Add Over $2 Trillion to the Debt

Note: This blog has been updated from its original posting to account for the new JCT score and a new estimate for the cost of extending the family...
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Oct 31, 2017 | Blog Paper Press Release | Taxes

Five Gimmicks That May Hide the True Costs of Tax Reform

The budget resolution recently passed by Congress sets the stage for fast-track tax reform legislation (a process known as reconciliation) that...
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Oct 27, 2017 | Blog Paper Press Release | Taxes

Temporary Expensing is a Budget Gimmick and a Bad Idea

One provision included in the $2.2 trillion "Unified Tax Framework" would allow companies to fully deduct or "expense" capital purchases other than...
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The FY 2018 Senate Budget and Budget Gimmicks

Note: An amendment was adopted during floor consideration that effects budget gimmicks in the House of Representatives. You can read more on that...
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Sep 26, 2017 | Blog Paper Press Release | Taxes

Maya MacGuineas: Congress, Dump the Budget Gimmicks – We Need Real Reform

Maya MacGuineas is president of the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt. She recently...
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Sep 18, 2017 | Blog Paper Press Release | Taxes

Maya MacGuineas: Revenue Neutral, Gimmick Free Tax Reform Is Hard -- And Worth It

Maya MacGuineas is president of the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt. She recently...

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