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Will Congress Be Duped Again On Offshore Taxes?

Lawmakers clearly learned no lesson from their previous corporate tax giveaways.

April 1, 2015

The Student Debt Time Bomb

The cost of higher education is out of control — and college debtors are fighting back.

March 11, 2015
Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn and candidate Bruce Rauner laid out their plans to tackle Illinois' biggest issues at the Metropolitan Planning Council's Aug. 28, 2014 Annual Luncheon. Photos by Tricia Scully. (Metropolitan Planning Council via Flickr)

Reclaiming Our State Budgets

America isn’t broke — it’s just keeping too much of our wealth in too few pockets.

March 5, 2015
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A Tax Cut For Tax Cheats

Real fiscal conservatives would stop attacking the IRS.

February 4, 2015

Chief Tax-Dodging Officers

Many corporations are paying their CEOs more than they pay the Treasury.

November 19, 2014

When $1.5 Trillion Could Be Too Low, The Price Tag Is Too High

Real fiscal conservatives would say no to this unaffordable boondoggle.

October 6, 2014

Even Red States Can’t Ignore Rising Green Economy

With so many homeowners and businesses making greener energy choices, private utilities — along with big oil, gas, coal, and nuclear companies — see the writing on the wall. Unlike some other denizens of the fossil-fueled set, this gang isn’t beating oil wells into solar panels, retiring nuclear reactors, or embracing wind and geothermal power. Instead, these […]

August 18, 2014
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Walmart’s Top-To-Bottom Taxpayer Subsidies

Low-income families weren’t the only ones hurt by cuts to food stamps last fall. Top Walmart executives also took a hit. The cutbacks ate into the discount giant’s sales because so many of its low-income customers rely on this public assistance program to help pay for their groceries. And that made it tough for the company’s top brass to […]

June 5, 2014

An American Banking Revolution Awaits

Vermonters aren’t like the rest of us: They live in a small state with a flinty history and a legendary suspicion of outsiders. That independent streak gained luster when 15 Vermont towns voted earlier this year to reinforce this independent tradition by approving a proposal to create a state bank. The Vermont Economic Development Authority would get a […]

May 23, 2014

A Better Path To Prosperity

Washington politicos aren’t quite right when they say that federal budget proposals are “dead on arrival.” Even if they don’t become law, budgets stand as living, breathing testimonies of the values and priorities of the people who write them. And it may surprise you that the budget proposal that’s most likely to line up with […]

April 14, 2014

Republicans Can’t Win By Attacking Health Care In 2014

For me, the fact that Republicans keep using the Affordable Care Act – Obamacare – as a political football is a tragedy. Sure, the law has problems, but it is already saving lives and improving the health of millions of Americans. Thankfully, it seems that Republicans who are counting on attacking the health reform system […]

March 20, 2014