Economy & Budget

Twenty years after welfare reform, the path ahead

Twenty years ago, Republicans successfully concluded a multi-year, national effort to reform America’s cash welfare program. The reform was based on one simple idea: the best way to change lives and help people out of poverty is a job.

The...

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MIA at the FCC

When chief economist Tim Brennan left the FCC earlier this year, he remarked that the net neutrality rules passed by his former agency were an ...
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Tax reform in 2017—the basics

Will Rogers once said, “The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn't get worse every time Congress meets.” 

Will Rogers has a point. By large majorities, American...

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Saving the Boomer's Social Security

Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wis.), who is retiring after six years in office, has decided it is time to touch the 3rd rail of politics – Social Security. He introduced the legislation “Save Our Social Security” Act (...

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Celebrating 20 years of successful welfare reform

Aug. 22 marks the 20th anniversary of President Bill Clinton and congressional Republicans’ bipartisan Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA). This landmark welfare reform law substantially changed...

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Ten years after retirement security law, it’s time to act again

Ten years ago [Aug. 17], President George W. Bush signed into law the Pension Protection Act of 2006 (PPA) – the last major piece of retirement security legislation enacted in the United States. That reform was a major step forward and has helped...

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A tale of two state pension crises

The national debt—$19 trillion and growing—gets most of the attention, but America’s march towards a fiscal cliff is by no means confined to Washington, D.C. Taxpayers across the country are facing state-created financial crises of their own. Our...

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