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Introduction Revenue Options Survey Results The Deficit Deficit Reduction Plans


The federal government took in less money in 2011 than at any time in the last 60 years. State and local governments saw their revenues shrink, too. Why? Because the U.S. economy lost over eight million jobs and trillions in home equity when the housing bubble burst. Less economic activity means less money from sales taxes and business receipts. When a recession hits, the regular revenues government relies on fall dramatically.

Increased joblessness means more people need unemployment benefits, food stamps, and Medicaid. Forced early retirement means more elderly people are relying on Social Security and Medicare. Roads and bridges still need repair, kids still need teachers, and drugs and meat and vegetables still need to be inspected.

We live in the wealthiest country on earth, and we can find ways to pay for the public structures and programs we need - programs that support the unemployed, protect the elderly, keep us safe, and invest in the infrastructure and educational institutions needed for future growth.

We've sifted through more than 20 deficit reduction plans and come up with a dozen ways to raise revenues without asking the middle class to pay more. Click "Revenue Options" above to read more about these choices, or click here to download them as a PDF.

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