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Feb 8, 2016

Top 400 Taxpayers See Tax Rates Rise, But There’s More to the Story

As Americans were gathering party supplies to greet the New Year, the Internal Revenue Service released their annual report of cumulative tax data reported on the 400 tax r...

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Feb 4, 2016

Chlorine Bleach Plants Needlessly Endanger 63 Million Americans

Chlorine bleach plants across the U.S. put millions of Americans in danger of a chlorine gas release, a substance so toxic it has been used as a chemical weapon. Greenpeace’s new repo...

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Jan 25, 2016

U.S. Industrial Facilities Reported Fewer Toxic Releases in 2014

The Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) data for 2014 is now available. The good news: total toxic releases by reporting facilities decreased by nearly six percent from 2013 levels. Howe...

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Jan 22, 2016

Methane Causes Climate Change. Here's How the President Plans to Cut Emissions by 40-45 Percent.

  UPDATE (Jan. 22, 2016): Today, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released its proposed rule to reduce methane emissions...

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Appropriations: A Broken Process

Not only was Congress unable to pass a budget resolution this year --passage of appropriations is also in jeopardy.

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Appropriations in November?

The House has been steadily moving forward with appropriations bills, in spite of the tight cap on appropriations spending for 2004; but in the Senate only one bill -- Defense -- has passed, and only one other bill -- Homeland Security -- has even gotten through a full Senate committee. None has made it to the Senate floor.

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Good Riddance to Bad Policy: Budget Enforcement Bill Dies

A conservative effort to severely limit domestic programs was soundly defeated in the House last week. The so-called "Spending Control Act of 2004" failed by a vote of 146-268.

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Economy and Jobs Watch: Mid-year Update

Halfway through 2004 seems a good time to review where the United States is on the economy and jobs situation.

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Education in the U.S. Leaves Many Children Behind

A number of reports have been issued recently revealing cuts for next year in federal spending for education, including Pell Grants for college students, adult and vocational education, and Head Start, and ongoing inadequate funding for the Bush "No Child Left Behind" Act and special education.

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House preserves $100,000 per person in tax breaks for millio

The House of Representatives has declined to limit the massive tax cuts on millionaires. The cuts for millionaires average $120,000 per person a defeated proposal would have cut that to $24,000.

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Debt Ceiling

It appears that Congress is attempting to sneak in a debt ceiling increase into the defense authorization bill.

Currently, we are expected to hit the legal debt limit sometime before the election. However, in an effort to avoid a potentially embarassing stand-alone vote on the increase, it looks like they will try to slip the debt increase under the cover of another bill.

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Estate Tax - Consequences of Reform Options

The Tax Policy Center has recently created an extremely sophisticated microsimulation model of the estate tax. A recent presentation to American's for a Fair Estate Tax highlights some of the important implications of various reform options.

A longer analysis will be produced by the Tax Policy Center in the Near Future, but the presentation gives some preliminary results.

 

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No Budget - But Appropriations Are Moving Forward

In spite of the lack of a budget resolution, Congress is moving forward with the appropriations process.

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Living in the Shadow of Danger: Poverty, Race, and Unequal Chemical Facility Hazards

People of color and people living in poverty, especially poor children of color, are significantly more likely...

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A Tale of Two Retirements: One for CEOs and One for the Rest of Us

The 100 largest CEO retirement funds are worth a combined $4.9 billion, equal to the entire retirement account savings of 41 percent of American fam...

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