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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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Cost of War

Cost of War .com

The President is asking for an additional $87 billion for Iraq. 87 billion is in some ways an inconceivably large number. CostofWar.com is tracking the ongoing cost of war/reconstruction in Iraq and translating the numbers into forgone opportunities. For example - well over 1 million four-year college scholarships could be funded with the current war costs.

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Appropriations Update

Following are some issues of interest that have risen during the FY 2004 appropriations process.

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Half of 2004 Deficit Deterioration Due to Revenue-Reduction

OMB Watch - Half of 2004 Deficit Deterioration Due to Revenue-Reduction Legislation

Half of 2004 Deficit Deterioration Due to Revenue-Reduction Legislation

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Beyond the Baseline: 10 Year Deficits Likely to Reach $5.9 T

OMB Watch - Beyond the Baseline: 10 Year Deficits Likely to Reach $5.9 Trillion

Beyond the Baseline: 10 Year Deficits Likely to Reach $5.9 Trillion Published On: 08/26/2003 06:43 PM

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State of the Economy

The EPI has posted a conference call transcript from August 12 on the state of the economy. Participants included two Nobel prize winners and several other prominent economists.

State of the economy
 

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2001 Recession In Perspective: Economic and Budget Situation

OMB Watch - 2001 Recession In Perspective: Economic and Budget Situation

A comparison of the last three recessions shows that even while declines in total output in the 2001 recession were smaller than average, the recovery has been weaker than average. In particular, the employment situation has seen substantial deterioration relative to the start of the recession as well as compared to past recessions.

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Latest from the TPC

Tax Policy Center | A Project of the Urban Institute & the Brookings Institution

Here's the latest from the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center:

(1) The State Fiscal Crisis: Why it Happened, What to do About it Peter Orszag Milken Institute Review Third Quarter, 2003

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September Will be Appropriations Month

Looking foward to a hectic September...

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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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