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Welcome to our blog – The Bottom Line, where you’ll find up-to-date commentary and analysis on the most important news in the fiscal world. Below is a list of our blog posts.

Oct 16, 2009 | Taxes| Other Spending

Meeting Today of President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board

Today PERAB, otherwise known as the Tax Reform Subcommittee of the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board, is holding a meeting focusing on tax...
Oct 15, 2009 | Social Security

Administration Proposes One-Time Payment to Seniors

Today, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced that, in light of the def
Oct 15, 2009 | Taxes

Vetting the VAT

In a
Oct 14, 2009 | Taxes

Congress pressured to extend tax credit for homebuyers

Today Congressional Quarterly reported that Congress is feel
Oct 13, 2009 | Health Care

Senate Finance Committee Passes Health Care Bill

 The Senate Finance Committee vote

What About Cutting Spending?

In their oped in the Washington Post today, Henry Aaron and Isabel Sawhill argue that raising taxes will be necessary to close the fiscal gap and...

Weekend Editorial Roundup

Here are the highlights from this weekend’s editorials on fiscal and budget policy:
Oct 9, 2009 | Taxes

Coalition Tries to Make a Stimulus Tax Break Permanent

Today, the Congressional Quarterly reported that a coali
Oct 8, 2009 | Economics

IMF World Economic Outlook

The IMF has recently released its monthly World Economic Outlook, the IMF’s premier publication on the state and health of both the global...
Oct 8, 2009 | Economics

Point-Counterpoint: When should we start caring about debt?

On the heels of yesterday’s debate in the LA Times,
Oct 7, 2009 | Budgets & Projections

Cost of the Finance Committee Health Care Bill

Today the Congressional Budget released their analysis of the amended version of the America’s Healthy Future Act of 2009, the health care...
Oct 7, 2009

Debate on Necessity of Additional Stimulus

In response to high unemployment numbers, the Obama Administration is discussing the idea of a tax credit for employers that create new jobs.
Oct 6, 2009

Urban Institute Panelists Examine Exploding Debt

The Urban Institute hosted an event today on The Financial and Economic Consequen
Oct 6, 2009 | Budgets & Projections

Memo for FY2011 Budget Preparation: Positive Effects from Preannouncing Deficit Reduction

Faced with massive debt burdens coming out of the economic and financial crisis – even before the retirement and health care tsunami hits &nd
Oct 6, 2009 | Taxes

The U.S. Taxpayer and the IMF

For the U.S. taxpayer, last weekend’s International Monetary Fund (IMF) meetings in Turkey were a reminder of the importance of global...
Oct 5, 2009 | Budgets & Projections

TARP -- One Year Later

Saturday marked the one-year anniversary of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), established as part of the Emergency Economic Stabilization A
Oct 5, 2009

Three More FDIC Bank Closings

On Friday evening, the FDIC reported that it has taken over an additional three banks (

Weekend Editorial Roundup

This weekend, there have been a number of editorials about fiscal and budget policy. Among them:
Oct 2, 2009 | Economics

September Unemployment Rate and Uncertain Outlook

To those watching the economy as it enters into positive territory and the financial markets as they seemed to be getting into