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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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A Sacrifice Worth Making

The following proposals suggest we freeze those elements of last year's $1.35 trillion tax cut that are disproportionately weighted to the nation's wealthiest individuals, to allow the country to meet its many pressing needs.

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Economic Stimulus Package Passed by Congress is Lacking: Spring 2002

The House and Senate, by votes of 417-3 and 85-9 respectively, have finalized “economic stimulus” legislation, and it is now on its way to the President, who is expected to sign the bill. The bill’s title -- “Economic Recovery and Assistance for American Workers Act of 2001” -- is misleading given that it is overloaded with huge tax breaks that will do little to stimulate the economy and the provision for unemployed workers and their families is limited to a 13-week extension of unemployment benefits to those whose 26-week benefit limit has expired.

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What's the Social Security "Surplus" Got to Do with It Anyway?

In Congress, "saving the Social Security surplus" has become a veritable mantra during the current appropriations process. What does this mean?

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Tax Cuts vs. Everything Else

We can either choose to pay now, or we will have to pay later -- preventing social ills is much cheaper in the long run. From a purely economic standpoint, many economists agree that a return to deficits is not a problem -- running a surplus would actually be more of problem -- and that this economic climate prescribes more government spending, not less.

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The Game of Ping-Pong, or "The Economic Stimulus Package Debate"

Less than two weeks ago, many observers -- including OMB Watch -- were predicting that an end, at least for the foreseeable future, had come for the debate on an economic stimulus package.

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Estate Tax Repeal Sense of Senate Amendment Tacked onto Farm Bill

Estate Tax Repeal's Impact on States

A recent report from the New Jersey Policy Perspective (NJPP) illustrates the havoc the 2001 tax cut's repeal of the estate tax is wreaking on the already strained New Jersey budget. The report offers a state-level solution to the problem created by the federal estate tax repeal process, which actually ends the states' ability to "pickup" a portion of the federal tax for themselves earlier than the federal government's estate tax ends. The NJPP website also provides links to the 3 newspapers that have thus far endorsed its proposal, as well as an op-ed piece that ran in the New York Times New Jersey edition.

An update on the efforts of Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) to repeal the estate tax.

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Repeal of the Estate Tax: Impact on Nonprofits

An overview of the estate tax and the impact repeal would have on the ability of nonprofits to serve their communities.

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Is Estate Tax Repeal Really About Helping Small Businesses and Family Farmers?

A major reason cited for repealing the estate tax is that it “is killing family business,” including family farms. But the facts simply do not support this contention. FAMILY FARMS

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The Estate Tax and Charitable Giving

OMB Watch has noted that repeal of the estate tax would have three adverse impacts: it would increase concentrations of wealth and power; it would sharply curtail charitable giving; and it would reduce federal revenues likely causing cuts in programs serving low-income and vulnerable families. In this fact sheet we begin to explore the connection between charitable giving and the estate tax.

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Budget News -- Jan. 1, 2000 -- Dec. 31, 2000

The following are federal budget policy analyses and updates from OMB Watch issued during 2000.

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Resources & Research

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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