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Garbage Data In, Garbage Data Out

Garbage Data In, Garbage Data Out Prior to taking office as President, one of Senator Obama’s major accomplishments was the enactment of the Federal Funding Accountability... Read More

A La Carte Tax Reform

August 15, 2014 | Budget & Tax

A La Carte Tax Reform While the drumbeat for comprehensive tax reform has been thumping for a while, recent news and reports are adding more oomph to that... Read More

Budget Act Birthday

August 08, 2014 | Budget & Tax

Budget Act Birthday Shortly before resigning 40 years ago President Richard Nixon signed the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act, setting the... Read More

Drilling for Tax Gold

August 01, 2014 | Budget & Tax

Drilling for Tax Gold Congress, especially this Congress, can make even simple tasks look difficult, but by all accounts reforming the federal tax code is not... Read More

Van Halen Port Policy

Van Halen Port Policy Panama! Panama-ah-ah-ah! The lyrics from the eponymous Van Halen song from the 1980s could just as easily be the nation’s port policy –... Read More

Budgeting for Emergencies

July 18, 2014 | Budget & Tax

Budgeting for Emergencies Congressional wrangling over the President’s recent $4.3 billion supplemental emergency spending request should pique taxpayers'... Read More

To-Dos for a Do-Nothing Congress

July 11, 2014 | Budget & Tax

To-Dos for a Do-Nothing Congress Like the high school senior who has procrastinated until the last week before finals, the historically unproductive 113th Congress now... Read More

Celebrate Budget Transparency

July 03, 2014 | Budget & Tax

Celebrate Budget Transparency With the Fourth of July approaching, lawmakers have split town and left us thinking about where your tax dollars are being spent. For... Read More

Extinguish the Ex-Im Bank

June 27, 2014 | Budget & Tax

Extinguish the Ex-Im Bank With the August recess looming, Congress is quickly running out of time to knock a few items off its to-do list. But when it comes to... Read More

Funding a Fantasy

June 20, 2014 | Energy

Funding a Fantasy When the Department of Energy (DOE) unveiled new initiatives to support small modular reactors (SMR) in March 2012, they envisioned a... Read More