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How Shortsighted Spending Cuts Increase Waste, Fraud, and Abuse

article icon Issue Brief Austerity is so out of hand that there are opportunities to reverse some of the most shortsighted and damaging cuts while at the same time reducing deficits.

By Harry Stein and Hilary Gelfond | Wednesday, October 1, 2014

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Infographic: The Land and Water Conservation Fund—How America’s Best Parks Program Works

September 3 marks 50 years of success for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Without action by Congress, however, the fund will expire in 2015 and America will lose its best parks program.

By Claire Moser, Matt Lee-Ashley, Nidhi Thakar, Pete Morelewicz, and Preeth Srinivasaraghavan | Tuesday, September 2, 2014

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Closing the Science Gap

article icon Issue Brief Despite bipartisan agreement to double funding for basic research, Congress has not followed up with the appropriations necessary to meet this goal.

By Harry Stein, Jennifer Erickson, and Alex Rowell | Tuesday, September 2, 2014

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Rep. Ryan’s New Poverty Plan Is Not the Answer to the Pope’s Prayers

Rep. Ryan needs to look toward Pope Francis’s teachings and the true state of poverty in America in order to effectively address the nation’s poverty crisis.

By Claire Markham | Thursday, August 14, 2014

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Rebounding Growth Allays Fears, But Shadows Still Loom Over the Economy

The U.S. economy’s continued failure to grow inclusively along with unnecessary public spending cuts are weighing on the recovery.

By Adam Hersh | Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Biennial Budgeting Would Be a Setback in Efforts to Reform Congressional Budgeting

Scott Lilly, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, testifies before the House Committee on Rules, Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process, on the question of two-year budgeting.

By Scott Lilly | Monday, July 21, 2014

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Switching from a Gas Tax to a Mileage-Based User Fee

book_alt2 icon Report The insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund threatens federal transportation programs. Implementing a mileage fee would provide robust funding for decades to come.

By Kevin DeGood and Michael Madowitz | Friday, July 11, 2014

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A Renewed Promise

book_alt2 icon Report A child's zip code should not determine her destiny, but a growing body of research reveals that the community she grows up in affects her educational, health, and economic outcomes. This report provides an overview of the nation’s first five Promise Zones and their emerging insights and details recommendations for how the federal government can improve the initiative and its role as a partner in place-based work.

By Tracey Ross and Erik Stegman | Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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Pfizer’s Tax-Dodging Bid for AstraZeneca Shows Need to Tighten U.S. Tax Rules

Pfizer’s attempt to move its headquarters out of the United States by acquiring the U.K.-based AstraZeneca corporation highlights why the United States must prevent these kinds of corporate inversions—and why corporate tax reform must not become a race to the bottom.

By Harry Stein | Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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A User’s Guide to the Fiscal Year 2015 Defense Budget

article icon Issue Brief The U.S. Department of Defense faces hard choices if it wants to create a fiscally responsible budget plan for the coming years.

By Lawrence J. Korb, Max Hoffman, and Katherine Blakeley | Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Disinvestment Budget: Government Investments to Improve Our Economic Future Would be Crushed Under the Recently Passed House Budget

Federal spending on infrastructure, scientific research, early childhood education, disease treatment, space exploration, and college tuition could be slashed by nearly half over the next decade.

By Scott Lilly | Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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Ryan Budget Abandons Innovation Future

At a time when federal research and development, or R&D, investment is stagnating, significant new contributions must be made to secure our continued global leadership in R&D. Rep. Ryan’s budget does just the opposite, significantly reducing the federal government’s commitment to it.

By Kwame Boadi | Wednesday, April 9, 2014

How the Ryan Budget Fails Our Economy by Failing Economics

article icon Issue Brief The conservative economic framework at the core of the Ryan budget remains stuck on supply-side and trickle-down theories that have been discredited and are out of touch with today’s economy.

By Harry Stein and Michael Madowitz | Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Fiscal Year 2015 Ryan Budget by the Numbers

article icon Fact Sheet The Ryan budget once again undermines America’s long-term economic future by cutting essential infrastructure programs that support job growth, trade, and the efficient movement of people and goods.

By Kevin DeGood | Friday, April 4, 2014

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The Ryan Budget Once Again Hurts Communities of Color

For the fourth straight year, Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget leaves communities of color behind in order to protect tax breaks for millionaires, Big Oil and big corporations.

By Daniella Gibbs Leger | Friday, April 4, 2014

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