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  • Executive Memorandum posted March 9, 1998 by Scott A. Hodge Why Congress Must Preserve Spending Caps

    The prospect of a balanced federal budget has eroded Congress's already shaky commitment to fiscal discipline. Less than one year after lawmakers enacted the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (BBA 1997), many powerful Members of Congress seem poised to join with President Bill Clinton in disavowing one of the act's key elements--the statutory caps placed on discretionary…

  • Backgrounder posted June 11, 1997 by John S. Barry, William W. Beach, Rea S. Hederman, Jr., Scott A. Hodge How Congress Can Deliver the Best Tax Cut Plan for the Money

    INTRODUCTION List of Tables and Charts Table 1: Heritage Foundation Tax Cut Plan Table 2: A Family Dedicating the Entire $500-per-Child Tax Credit for 21 Years Could Pay for Their Child's Entire Education at an Average Public Univesity or More Than a Year's Worth at a Typical Private University Table 3: Estimated Distribution of Estate Tax…

  • Backgrounder posted May 12, 1997 by Scott A. Hodge The 1997 Budget Agreement: The Return of Big Government

    Introduction The Republican leadership of Congress and President Bill Clinton have released the initial details of their plan to balance the federal budget by 2002 and provide modest tax cuts for hardworking Americans. Each new detail that comes out, however, confirms that this is a deal based on $300 billion in questionable assumptions that mask a substantial…

  • Backgrounder posted October 15, 1996 by Scott A. Hodge Reinvention Has Not Ended the "Era of Big Government"

    Visuals: Chart 1: Federal Workforce Costs Rise While Numbers Fall Table 1: 1993 Estimated Savings from NPR Compared with Savings Estimates of Actions to Date Table 2: 1993 Estimated Savings from NPR Compared with Savings Estimates of Actions to Date Table 3: DoD Has Accounted for the Largest Share of Workforce Reductions Table 4: Federal Budget…

  • Backgrounder posted May 1, 1996 by Scott A. Hodge, William W. Beach, Mark Wilson Is There a Clinton Crunch?: How the 1993 Budget Plan Affected theEconomy

    Table 1: Opportunities Lost...The 1993 Budget Plan Cost America: Table 2: Employment, Wage, and Compensation Growth, Current Expansion vs. Previous Expansions Chart 1: Employment, Wage, and Compensation Growth, Current Expansion vs. Previous Expansions Chart 2: $208 Billion in Potential Gross Domestic Product Lost Chart 3: OBRA-93 Undercut Income, Wages,…

  • FYI posted March 29, 1996 by Joe Cobb, Scott A. Hodge, William W. Beach Why Clinton Should Not Get Credit For Reducing the Deficit

    (Archived document, may contain errors) No. 92 March 29, 1996 WHY CLINTON SHOULD NOT GET. CREDIT FOR REDUCING THE DEFICIT By Joe Cobb John M. Olin Senior Fellow in Economics Scott A. Hodge William W. Beach Grover M. Hermann Fellow in Visiting Fellow in Federal Budgetary Affairs Tax Analysis The Office of Management and Budget last week announced that the FY 1996…

  • Backgrounder posted March 11, 1996 by Scott A. Hodge Clinton's FY 1997 Budget:  The Era of Big Government Lives On

    Introduction Just weeks after telling the nation, in this year's State of the Union address, that the "era of big government is over," Bill Clinton indicated that the obituary notice was somewhat premature when he delivered his a 20-page FY 1997 budget to Congress. In contrast to the Balanced Budget Act of 1995 (BBA), which he vetoed last fall, the latest Clinton…

  • FYI posted December 11, 1995 by Scott A. Hodge Balanced Budget Talking Points #5: Clinton's $300-Per-Child Tax Cut Plan Denies Relief to 23 Million Children

    (Archived document, may contain errors) December 11, 1995 BALANCED BUDGET TALKING POINTS #5: CLINTON'S $300-PER-CHILD TAx CUT PLAN DENIES TAX RELIEF To 23 MILLION CHILDREN Scott A. Hodge Grover M. Hermann Fellow in Federal Budgetary Affairs Now, what the Congress wants to do is to roll back that workingfamily's [Earned Income Tax Credit], in a way that will impose a…

  • FYI posted December 4, 1995 by Scott A. Hodge Balanced Budget Talking Points #4: The $500-Per-Child Tax Credit Means One Month's Food and Mortgage for a Typical American Family

    (Archived document, may contain errors) December 4, 199 5 BALANCED BUDGET TALKING POINTS #4: THE $500-PER-CHILD TAX CREDIT MEANS ONE MONTH9S FOOD AND MORTGAGE FOR A TYPICAL AMERICAN FAMILY Scott A. Hodge Grover M. Hermann Fellow in Federal Budgetary Affairs "Ifyou take the $500 a year tax credit, and Ifigure, you know, $5for a bottle of wine, that is 100 bottles of…

  • Backgrounder posted September 14, 1995 by Scott A. Hodge, John Barry The 10 Percent Revolution: House Spending Bills Fall Short ofOverhauling Government

    This Backgrounder is available in PDF format.…

  • Committee Brief posted February 10, 1995 by Scott A. Hodge A Strategy to Cut Interior and Related Agency Spending

    (Archived document, may contain errors) A Special Report to the Appropriations Committees No. 2 2/10/95 A STRATEGY TO CUT INTERIOR AND RELATED AGENCY SPENDING Scott A. Hodge I Grover M. Hermann Fellow in Federal Budgetary Affairs As many in Washington are now discovering, there is no end to the lists being presented of ways to cut government spending. Indeed, for over…

  • Backgrounder posted September 27, 1994 by Scott A. Hodge Washington Should Turn Bipartisan Talk Of Family Tax Cuts IntoAction

    INTRODUCTION Overtaxed American families finally have reason to cheer. There is growing bipartisan sentiment in favor of passing tax cuts for families with dependent children as part of next year's budget. Congressional Republicans recently announced their commitment to reintroducing next year the $500-per-child tax cut they proposed in this year's Republican…

  • Issue Bulletin posted August 2, 1994 by Scott A. Hodge The Crime Bill: Few Cops, Many Social Workers

    (Archived document, may contain errors) 201 August 2, 1994 11M CRUM BILL: FEW COPS, MANY SOCIAL WORKERS INTRODUCTION Congress this week will vote on final passage of a crime bill which purportedly puts 100,000 new police officers on the beat, funds the construction of new prison space, and directs billions in federal funds toward "crime prevention." In reality, the…

  • FYI posted March 7, 1994 by Scott A. Hodge The Kasich Budget Plan Means %59 Million a Year for the Typical Congressional District

    (Archived document, may contain errors) March 7, 1994 THE KASICH BUDGET PLAN MEANS $59 MILLION A YEAR FOR THE TYPICAL CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT Scoff A. Hodge Grover M. Hermann Fellow in Federal Budgetary Affairs Last year, Congress passed the largest tax increase in history, some $260 billion in new taxes over the following five years. As a result, American taxpayers…

  • Issue Bulletin posted January 20, 1994 by Scott A. Hodge A Guide to the Families First Bills (H.R.3645 and S.1576)

    (Archived document, may contain errors) 187 January 21, 1994 A GUDE TO TM FAMMEES FMST BHJS MK 3645 AND S. 1576) INTRODUCTION For the second time in three years, American taxpayers enter a new year with the pros- pect of giving more of their hard-earned income to the government than they did the year before, thanks to Washington's irresponsible fiscal behavior. In 199…