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TPC staff participate in many radio programs each year. Below is a partial list of these radio interviews and mentions.
- July 15, 2013 - "Measuring Maryland's Economy--One Indicator at a Time" NPR, WYPR - Maryland Morning
TPC's Ben Harris discusses TPC's State and Local Finance Initiative's new quarterly report, the State Economic Monitor.
- April 24, 2013 - "Online Shoppers Brace For Sales Tax Measure" NPR, Morning Edition
TPC's Kim Rueben on the Marketplace Fairness Act.
- April 15, 2013 - "Taxes Without Returns: Pipe Dream Or Possibility?" NPR, Talk of the Nation
TPC codirectors, Eric Toder and Bill Gale, weigh in on a system known as "return-free filing."
- April 15, 2013 - "The Ins and Outs of Federal Tax Policy" WHYY Philadelphia, Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane
TPC's Roberton Williams helps listeners understand who’s paying and not paying federal income taxes.
- February 14, 2013 - "Happy Valentine's Day, Don't Forget It's Tax Season" NPR, Morning Edition
Just in time for Valentine's Day and tax filing season, the independent Tax Policy Center has updated its online marriage bonus and penalty calculator.
- January 12, 2013 - "What Would Obama Do (If There's No Debt Ceiling Deal)? " NPR, Weekend Edition
TPC's Donald Marron on the debt limit.
- December 28, 2012 - "Fiscal Cliff Aside, Payroll Tax Holiday to End" American Public Media, Marketplace Morning Report
TPC's Joe Rosenberg quoted.
- November 8, 2012 - "The Fiscal Cliff" NPR, On Point with Tom Ashbrook
TPC's Donald Marron on the fiscal cliff.
- November 6, 2012 - "Alternative Minimum Tax Could Affect Millions" NPR, Morning Edition
TPC's Roberton Williams discusses how the AMT will be affected by the fiscal cliff.
- September 19, 2012 - "Why Some Are Exempt From Federal Income Taxes" NPR, Morning Edition
TPC's Elaine Maag explains why some do not pay federal income taxes.
- July 3, 2012 - "Economic Pressures On Local Governments" NPR, The Diane Rehm Show
TPC's Kim Rueben discusses economic pressures on local governments and the push for privatizing public services.
- April 18, 2012 - "Most Small Businesses Don't Quite Fit The Political Picture" NPR, All Things Considered
TPC's Joseph Rosenberg on GOP measure to cut taxes on small businesses.
- April 17, 2012 - "Senate Rejects Warren Buffett Tax Rule" American Public Media, Marketplace
TPC's Howard Gleckman on the Senate's rejection of the 'Bufffet Rule' and other tax reforms this year.
- February 24, 2012 - "Romney's Georgia Supporters Promote Tax Plan" NPR, All Things Considered
TPC's Eric Toder on Romney's tax plan.
- February 22, 2012 -"Obama Calls For Corporate Tax Reduction" NPR, All Things Considered
TPC's Donald Marron speaks with Scott Horsley about the Obama administration's plans to reduce the corporate tax rate to 28 percent.
- February 4, 2012 - "'Buffett Rule' Becomes A Bill, And Congress Bickers" NPR, Weekend Edition
TPC's Roberton Williams on the 'Buffet Rule.'
- January 19, 2012 - "Is It Time for a Wealth Tax?" NPR, On Point with Tom Ashbrook
TPC's Donald Marron discusses a wealth tax.
- January 18, 2012 - "Why Romney Pays A 15 Percent Tax Rate" NPR, Here and Now
TPC's Howard Gleckman on the tax treatment of carried interest.
- October, 19, 2011 - "The Future Of Elder Care" NPR, On Point with Tom Ashbrook
TPC's Howard Gleckman on the future of elder care.
- June 30, 2011 - "What Tax Loopholes' Does Obama Want to Close?" NPR, All Things Considered
TPC's Eric Toder speaks with Scott Horsley about President Obama and his fellow Democrats hitting Republicans hard for protecting tax breaks for corporate jet owners and hedge fund managers.
- April 13, 2011 - "President Obama Lays Out Vision For Cutting Deficit" NPR, Here and Now
TPC's Howard Gleckman on President Obama's fiscal policy address.
- April 6, 2011-"GOP Plan Claims Medicare Savings, Critics Say Seniors Would Pay," NPR, Here and Now
TPC's Howard Gleckman discusses the details of House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan's plan to cut Medicare costs.
- January 5, 2011-"State Budgets and Public Employees" NPR, The Diane Rehm Show
NPR's Diane Rehm speaks with experts, including TPC's Kim Reuben, on many state's declining revenues which have compelled politicians to take a hard look at expenses, and increasingly, the focus has been on salary and benefit packages promised to public employees.
- December 10, 2010-"Obama And The Politics Of Tax-Policy Debate," NPR, Morning Edition
Renee Montagne talks with NPR's Scott Horsley and TPC Director, Donald Marron, about President Obama's comments on overhauling the nation's tax policy. Obama is pushing to broaden the tax base and lower tax rates.
September 11, 2010 - "Showdown Over Bush Cuts Revives Estate Tax Fight ," NPR, Weekend Edition
The estate tax typically hits a tiny fraction of the wealthiest Americans, but it often generates debate among a much larger segment of the population. And this year could be no exception, though it's the first and probably only year there are no federal estate taxes on the books.
September 9, 2010 - "Everyone Wants One, But Do Tax Cuts Really Work? ," NPR, Talk of the Nation
President Obama plans to extend tax cuts for all but the wealthiest Americans, but hopes to end similar tax cuts for top earners. But how do tax cuts work? Can cuts that benefit individuals be bad for the economy? NPR's Scott Horsley and the Tax Policy Center's Donald Marron explain Tax Cuts 101.
June 8, 2010 - "Time to pay the piper: would you sacrifice your mortgage deduction to the national debt? ," Southern California Public Radio, KPCC 89.3
It was, for decades, the true third rail of politics: while raising taxes is never popular, nor politically wise, talking about scaling back or eliminating the tax deduction that homeowners get for paying interest on mortgages is as taboo as it gets.
May 12, 2010 - "Your Tax Bill Was Lower In 2009 ," NPR, KMOX Radio
Your Tax Bill Was Lower In 2009. What? We didn't believe it either until Roberton Williams explained.
Apr. 24, 2010 - "Can Washington Embrace The Value-Added Tax? ," NPR, All Things Considered
Eric Toder begins speaking at 2 minutes and 18 seconds.
The U.S. is expected to rack up at least $10 trillion in debt in the next decade — and that's put three letters into the political conversation: V-A-T, or value-added tax. It would be a revenue-generating cash cow, which Democrats prize, and it would be a flat tax, which Republicans yearn for. Many other countries have one.
Apr. 14, 2010 - "Who Pays Taxes? Not As Many As You Think ," NPR, All Things Considered
Roberton Williams begins speaking at 44 seconds.
It turns out that nearly half of all Americans don't have to pay any federal income tax. In 2009, 47 percent of all filers paid nothing. It's a number that's gone up significantly in just a couple of years. Robert Siegel talks to Roberton Williams, who's been crunching the numbers at the Tax Policy Institute in Washington. According to Williams, millions escape filing because their incomes are too low or they're eligible for deductions, credits and exemptions.
Apr. 8, 2010 - "Bernanke to the American public: time to pay up, one way or another ," Southern California Public Radio, Patt Morrison Show
Roberton Williams begins speaking at 2 minutes, 35 seconds.
It’s a galling statistic for those of us struggling to finish up our tax returns and stressing over what further money we’ll owe to the federal government: 47% of American households will pay no federal incomes taxes at all for 2009.
Jan. 4, 2010 - "Health bill would widen role of IRS ," Marketplace, Morning Report
Roberton Williams begins speaking at 6 minutes, 01 second.
There are some big disagreements between House and Senate Democrats over reforming health care. One thing they do agree on is that the IRS would ensure Americans buy the required insurance.
Dec. 30, 2009 - "Death tax isn't quite dead yet ," Marketplace, Morning Report
Roberton Williams begins speaking at 4 minutes, 18 seconds.
If a rich person dies Thursday night, almost half of their wealth will go to the Internal Revenue Service. If they hang on till Friday, their heirs will be a lot richer. Maybe.
Dec. 24, 2009 - "Local governments count on sales tax ," Marketplace, Morning Report
Kim Rueben begins speaking at 3 minutes, 42 seconds.
You've got one more day to decide whether you can afford any more Christmas presents. And though we usually talk about retailers hoping you're in a spending mood, Marketplace's Amy Scott reminds us local governments are counting on you, too.
Dec. 4, 2009 - "The Estate Tax Explained: Who It Hits And Doesn't ," Marketplace, Morning Report
Benjamin H. Harris begins speaking at 32 seconds.
A philosophical question arose on the floor of the House of Representatives on Thursday: Should dead people have to pay taxes? Sounds funny, but the estate tax or, as Republicans call it, the "death tax," is one of the big debates between the two parties. And, as is usually the case, the truth is more complicated than either party makes it.
Nov. 10, 2009 - "Why the U.K. is attracting U.S. firms ," Marketplace, Morning Report
Rosanne Altshuler begins speaking at 2 minutes, 57 seconds.
Oil drilling company, Ensco International, says it's moving its headquarters from Texas to the United Kingdom. Why? Alisa Roth reports.
October 24, 2009 - "National Public Radio , Weekend Edition
Ted Gayer begins speaking at 2 minutes and 38 seconds.
Existing home sales were up better than 9 percent in September. Last time home sales activity was this strong it was July 2007 - well before the recession hit. Both new and existing home sales are benefiting from a government program to give first-time buyers a big tax credit, but that credit is about to expire.
October 5, 2009 - "The John Gambling Show , Newstalk Radio WOR710
Roberton Williams is featured.
Bob Williams discusses the projection that roughly 47% of households will not owe any federal income tax in 2009, something the Tax Policy Center reported in June.
September 16, 2009 - "How Baucus's plan will help uninsured,"Marketplace, American Public Media
William Gale begins speaking at 2 minutes, 13 seconds.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus released his plan to overhaul the health system. Tamara Keith reports on what the plan means for people who don't have insurance and the businesses that employ them.
September 8, 2009 - "A way to make taxes less taxing,"Marketplace, American Public Media
William Gale begins speaking at 0 minutes, 45 seconds.
A group of tax experts has a few suggestions for President Obama's tax reform commission, including a form that would make the act of doing taxes a lot less complicated. John Dimsdale reports.
August 18, 2009 - "New ideas to address long-term care,"Minnesota Public Radio
Howard Gleckman begins speaking at 2 minutes, 13 seconds.
Two experts who have researched health care and long-term care for the elderly and disabled join Midday to discuss what's available and who pays for it.
August 7, 2009 - "Tax Hike? Some Say Now's The Time To Pounce?,"National Public Radio, Morning Edition
William Gale begins speaking at 3 minutes, 36 seconds.
The Obama administration did some quick backpedaling on taxes this week.It began when Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner was asked if a middle-class tax hike might be necessary in order to control the ballooning deficit.
August 3, 2009 - "Up Next, Middle Class Tax Cut?," Southern California Public Radio
Special guest: Roberton Williams.
After a round of interviews on weekend talk shows, President Obama's top economic advisors left open the possibility of increased income taxes for middle class Americans. Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner and National Economic Council Director Larry H. Summers refused to rule out the possibility of a middle class tax hike to reconcile the budget deficit, despite Obama's campaign promise not to raise any taxes for those making less than $250,000 per year. Are new taxes in store? Will higher income taxes slow economic recovery?
August 3, 2009 - "Some States Cancel Sales Tax Holidays," National Public Radio, Morning Edition
Kim Rueben begins speaking at 2 minutes, 57 seconds.
Parents getting their kids ready to go back to school are getting a tax break in about one-third of the states. The sales-tax holidays cover items from clothing to sports equipment and computers. Some are questioning the wisdom of providing the tax breaks when so many states are cutting services and searching for ways to fill budget gaps, but the holidays are extremely popular with consumers.
July 31, 2009 - "Demystifying the "Cadillac" health plan," Marketplace
Leonard Burman begins speaking at 13 minutes, 48 seconds.
"Cadillac" or "gold-plated" insurance programs have come under fire in the Capitol Hill debate about health care. But just what do the plans cover and how do they work? Joel Rose reports.
July 30, 2009 - "Taxing 'Cadillac' Health Plans has Widespread Effects," National Public Radio, Morning Edition
Leonard Burman begins speaking at 1 minute, 13 seconds.
Now one of the quickest ways to pay for a health care change would be to tax the most expensive health care plans. In fact, we're hearing elsewhere on today's program from a Democrat senator who wants to do just that: tax the Cadillac plans is the way they put it. The assumption is that would mean a tax on the rich, but that's not always true. NPR's Joseph Shapiro explains.
July 24, 2009 - "$1 Trillion: What Does It Look Like?" National Public Radio, Morning Edition
William Gale begins speaking at 0 minute, 52 seconds.
The budget deficit and the financial bailout each are expected to be in the trillion-dollar range. Linda Wertheimer talks to Planet Money's David Kestenbaum about understanding just how much a trillion dollars really is.
June 26, 2009 - "Budget Office Works Powerfully Behind the Scenes," National Public Radio, Morning Edition
Robert Reischauer begins speaking at 1 minute, 17 seconds.
The Senate Finance Committee has crafted a health care bill that won't add to the federal deficit, even though it's expected to cost a trillion dollars over the next 10 years. The senators went back to the drawing board after an even higher price tag was predicted by the Congressional Budget Office. The CBO is playing a powerful role in shaping the health care debate.
June 8, 2009 - "The Risks and Rewards of Taxing Health Benefits," National Public Radio, Morning Edition
Leonard Burman begins speaking at 1 minute, 16 seconds.
For lawmakers looking for a way to fund a health care overhaul, employee benefits are a juicy target. Taxing those benefits could raise as much as $150 billion a year. But that's not what excites heath care economists: They say taxing benefits also could make the system work better.
June 1, 2009 - "Why savings rate is at 14-year high," National Public Radio, Marketplace
Bill Gale begins speaking at 21 minutes, 49 seconds.
So the administration is proposing sixty million in new tax increases over ten years. Some of that money will come from a limiting what they called loopholes in the estate tax let's talk more about this we are joined now by.
May 12, 2009 - "Closing Estate Tax Loopholes," Fox Business News
Roberton Williams begins speaking at 12 minutes, 30 seconds.
The Obama administration reveals new details of its proposed changes to income tax rates and off-shore shelters. A look at the plans and what they may mean for tax payers and corporations.
May 6, 2009 - "President Obama's Tax Policies," WAMU, The Diane Rehm Show
Rosanne Altshuler begins speaking at 12 minutes, 30 seconds.
The Obama administration reveals new details of its proposed changes to income tax rates and off-shore shelters. A look at the plans and what they may mean for tax payers and corporations.
May 6, 2009 - "Tax Reform?," WAMU, Kojo Nnamdi Show
Rosanne Altshuler begins speaking at 2 minutes, 10 seconds.
As a candidate, President Obama promised a tax plan that would reduce taxes for some 95% of Americans. This week he announced a first leg of his plan -- closing some of the loopholes that permit American businesses who do work abroad from paying US taxes. What President Obama's first steps toward tax reform tell us about policy changes we can expect in the future.
May 4, 2009 - "Obama announces plan to force corporations to pay fair share of taxes," Free Speech Radio News
Benjamin Harris begins speaking at 0 minutes, 42 seconds.
Presiden Obama unveiled new proposals today that attempt to reign in corporate tax evasion and loopholes, but corporations are mounting their opposition.
Apr. 16, 2009 - "Kids, Familes and Tax Policy: Best Friends Forever?," WAMU, Power Breakfast
Roberton Williams begins speaking at 0 minutes, 43 seconds.
Roberton Williams discusses the Urban Institute's April 16th Forum, Kids Familes and Tax Policy: Best Friends Forever?
Mar. 25, 2009 - "Economist: Obama Sweeping Tax Reform Under Rug," NPR, Morning Edition
Rosanne Altshuler begins speaking at 0 minutes, 25 seconds.
As the economic situation grows increasingly complex, experts weigh in on what's working, what's not and what's next. Steve Inskeep talks with economist Rosanne Altshuler, whose specialty is tax policy. The former senior staff economist for the last administration's Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform says President Obama has been busy with health care and education reform but seems to have swept tax reform under the rug.
Mar. 9, 2009 - "Income Redistribution: Basic Fairness of Class Warfare ," KCRW, To The Point
Roberton Williams begins speaking at 8 minutes, 10 seconds.
The Obama budget and tax plan would shift America's wealth from the top down. Is it time to close the gap between rich and poor or would increased taxes stifle growth by removing incentives for the wealthy to keep on working? Are there other causes of income inequality? Also, as promised, Obama's turnaround on stem-cell research. On Reporter's Notebook, are the days of giving defense contractors a blank check really over?
Feb. 27, 2009 - "Can Small Biz Owners Dodge New Tax," Marketplace
Rosanne Altshuler begins speaking at 3 minutes, 04 seconds.
President Obama wants to finance health care reform by rolling back tax cuts and deductions for people earning more than $250,000. Mitchell Hartman reports whether that tax increase will punish small businesses.
Feb. 4, 2009 - "Where stimulus money will go first," NPR, Morning Report
Leonard Burman begins speaking at 6 minutes, 06 seconds.
The economic stimulus package is working its way through the Senate to the president's desk. Once signed, who will be the first to receive aid? John Dimsdale reports low-income Americans may be among the first recipients.
Jan. 30, 2009 - "In 2006, Rich Earned More, Paid Less Tax.," NPR, All things considered
William Gale begins speaking at 0 minutes, 41 seconds.
In 2006, the 400 richest Americans had an average income of $263 million, a 23 percent jump over the previous year, the Internal Revenue Service says. That same year, the very wealthy paid, on average, an effective tax rate of 17 percent — the lowest in 15 years.
Jan. 7, 2009 - "U.S. business plans for stimulus.," Marketplace, Morning Report
Roberton Williams begins speaking at 4 minutes, 33 seconds.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce issues a report today on the state of American business. The Chamber has its own changes that it wants to see in the economic stimulus plan. John Dimsdale explores a few of them.
Jan. 19, 2009 - "Experiment to get best stimulus results," Marketplace, commentary
Lawmakers are still debating President-elect Obama's stimulus package and what will work best to boost our economy. Commentator Len Burman says "experimenting" by assigning different "treatments" to different states will help get the best results from the stimulus and maybe even help in the future.
- Nov. 5, 2008 - "What Obama can do to create jobs ," Marketplace, Morning Report
Roberton Williams begins speaking at 6 minutes, 23 seconds.
Throughout the campaign, voters voiced concern about jobs and rising unemployment. Nancy Marshall Genzer looks at what the Obama administration might do to help create employment opportunities.
Oct. 19, 2008 - "McCain Defends Territory In Va., N.C. ," NPR, Weekend Edition
TPC mentioned at 1 minutes, 26 seconds.
According to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, 80 percent of Americans would have more after-tax income under Obama's plan, while the wealthiest 20 percent would have more under McCain's policy. McCain complains that some of those who would benefit from Obama's proposal make too little to pay any income tax now, even thought they are subject to payroll taxes.
Oct. 16, 2008 - "Obama Tax May Not Hit 'Joe The Plumber' Hard," NPR, All Things Considered
William Gale begins speaking at 1 minutes, 30 seconds.
An Ohio plumber named Joe Wurzelbacher has been cited by the McCain campaign as the type of person who could be hurt by Barack Obama's tax plans. Wurzelbacher is hoping to buy a plumbing company he works for and that could put his income above $250,000. But he could make many business deductions before reaching that threshold and even if he exceeds it, he probably wouldn't face a major tax bite.
Oct. 13, 2008 - "Top earners react to tax plans," Minnesota Public Radio, Campaign 2008
Roberton Williams begins speaking at 1 minutes, 31 seconds.
John McCain and Barack Obama both have big plans for the federal tax code. But the biggest difference between them involves what happens to families who make more than $250,000 dollars a year. Obama would raise their income taxes. McCain wouldn't.
Oct. 11, 2008 - "Voters Take Measure Of Candidates' Tax Plans," NPR, All Things Considered
Roberton Williams mentioned at 1 minutes, 44 seconds.
The tax proposals of presidential hopefuls John McCain and Barack Obama are markedly different. So NPR asked Roberton Williams of the Tax Policy Center to assess the financial situations of three voters from different income levels to see how their taxes would change under each plan. The voters then spoke with NPR's Andrea Seabrook about their reactions to the candidates' proposals.
Oct. 7, 2008 - "McCain and Obama on Healthcare Reform," WAMU, The Diane Rehm Show
Leonard Burman begins speaking at 7 minutes, 32 seconds.
A detailed look at the healthcare reform proposals of presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama.
Oct. 5, 2008 - "Candidates' promises could fall with economy," Minnesota Public Radio
Roberton Williams begins speaking at 1 minute, 03 seconds.
The Wall Street bailout has put the country deeper in debt, and recent unemployment numbers show the nation sliding into a possible recession. Whoever is elected president in November will be inheriting a struggling economy.
Aug. 29, 2008 - "Looking At the 5% Who Won't Get Obama Tax Cut," NPR, All Things Considered
Leonard Burman begins speaking at 1 minute, 00 second.
In his acceptance speech Friday, Democrat Barack Obama said he would cut taxes for 95 percent of all working families. Len Burman, director of the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, says the other 5 percent includes the top two tax brackets.
Aug. 28, 2008 - "In Swing-State Tour, Democrats To Target Economy," NPR, All Things Considered
· TPC Mentioned at 1 minute and 45 seconds.
· Illinois Sen. Barack Obama will be a mile high Thursday night when he addresses tens of thousands of Democratic Party faithful in Denver. After the convention, though, he and running mate Sen. Joseph Biden could face a tougher audience.
Aug. 13, 2008 - "The National Debt," WAMU, The Diane Rehm Show
Roberton Williams begins speaking at 6 minutes, 54 seconds.
The official national debt of the United States is close to $9.6 trillion, but when the cost of unfunded entitlement programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid are included, the total is a staggering $53 trillion: what our government owes to whom and why we should care. Guests: David Walker, CEO, Peter G Peterson Foundation; Stephen Moore, member of the Wall Street Journal's editorial board and former President of the Club for Growth; and former U.S. Comptroller General Roberton Williams, principal research associate, the Tax Policy Center, a joint venture of the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution.
Jul. 28, 2008 - "State Budgets In A Declining Economy," WAMU, The Diane Rehm Show
Kim Rueben begins speaking at 2 minutes, 33 seconds.
Guest host Steve Roberts and a panel of experts and legislators discuss the impact of the country's economic downturn on states' budgets.
Jul. 25, 2008 - "Ill., Calif. Sue Countrywide, ,"NPR, All Things Considered, NPR, All Things Considered
Kim Rueben begins speaking at 2 minutes, 55 seconds.
Illinois and California have sued Countrywide Financial, one of the country's largest mortgage lenders. The suits against the company and its chief executive come on the same day Countrywide shareholders approved a takeover by Bank of America.
Jul. 24, 2008 - "Comparing The Candidates' Tax Proposals," NPR, Fresh Air on WHYY
Leonard Burman begins speaking at 0 minutes, 54 seconds.
They have just issued their revised report, "An Updated Analysis of the 2008 Presidential Candidates' Tax Plan." The report is a combined effort of the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution.
Jun. 13, 2008 - "Candidates Strongly Differ on How to Tax the Rich," NPR, All Things Considered
Leonard Burman begins speaking at 1 minute, 05 seconds.
According to an independent analysis of their plans by the Tax Policy Center in Washington both would cut taxes overall. The analysis concludes that McCain’s cuts would primarily go to high-income Americans, while Obama’s would favor low- and middle-income households.
Apr. 29, 2008 - "Analyzing Proposed Gas Tax Holiday," NPR, All Things Considered
Leonard Burman begins speaking at 0 minute, 34 seconds.
Republican presidential candidate John McCain is advocating a gas tax moratorium between Memorial Day and Labor Day to help ease the burden of high gas prices. But how would a gas tax holiday work? And would it help? Leonard Burman, director of the Tax Policy Center, a non-partisan think tank, talks with Melissa Block.
Apr. 17, 2008 - "McCain's gas-tax plan is on empty," Marketplace, commentary
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain wants to suspend the federal gas tax for the summer travel season. Truckers say they like the idea. But commentator and tax expert Len Burman says McCain's proposal won't get us where he wants to go.
Jan. 8, 2008 - "Huckabee Tax Plan Would Be A Disaster," Marketplace, commentary
Leonard Burman, director of the Tax Policy Center, explains why presidential candidate Mike Huckabee's FairTax proposal is misnamed.
May 1, 2007 - "Back to taxing the rich," Marketplace, commentary
Democrats say they're close to an agreement to roll the AMT off the middle class and back to its original intent: to tax the very wealthy. Republicans have promised to fight such a move, but that could push swing voters away these days, Bob Moon reports.
Mar. 21, 2007 - "What's the alternative to the AMT?," Marketplace, commentary
Lawmakers meet on Capitol Hill on Thursday to search for an alternative to the alternative minimum tax. Getting rid of it won't be easy. The federal treasury depends on it. Bob Moon reports.
Jan. 9, 2007 - "It's all about how you raise minimum wage," Marketplace, commentary
The federal minimum wage hasn't been touched in a decade, but it looks like it'll finally be bumped up to $7.25 an hour. Commentator and economist Len Burman says we oughta be doing this more often.
Dec. 8, 2006 - "Doing nothing's a good thing," Marketplace, commentary
Commentator Leonard Burman says that while convential wisdom considers it'll be bad if Congress fails to extend tax breaks for education, corporate R&D and other things, he thinks it's great.
May 16, 2006 - "Tax-Cut politics works, system doesn't ," Marketplace, commentary
Commentator and economist Leonard Burman says the tax-cut bill President Bush will sign this week is actually not the best way to go about reducing the tax load.
Dec. 20, 2005 - "Under the sheltering lie," Marketplace, commentary
Lawmakers will be taking up capital gains and dividend tax breaks right after the New Year. The White House says lowering those taxes will create jobs and opportunity. Tax analyst and commentator Len Burman thinks not.
Jan. 24, 2004 - "Cutting the Deficit: A Closer Look," NPR, All Things Considered
William Gale begins speaking at 5 minutes, 38 seconds.
President Bush proposed a number of domestic programs in his State of the Union speech this past week, while promising to move toward a reduction in the deficit. How will that work? NPR's Steve Inskeep reports.
Jan. 15, 2004 - "Hot Button Issue: Taxes," NPR, All Things Considered
William Gale begins speaking at 0 minute, 56 seconds.
Tax cuts were promised when George W. Bush ran for president in 2000, and tax cuts were delivered as soon as Bush took office. Most economists think they've helped the economy rebound, but many also question how long the benefits will last -- and what the eventual price might be. NPR's Jim Zarroli reports on how tax cuts will be a hot button issue in the 2004 elections.
Jan. 15, 2004 - "Congressional Budget Office to Boost Deficits," NPR, All Things Considered
William Gale begins speaking at 3 minutes, 31 seconds.
NPR's Jim Zarroli reports the Congressional Budget Office is expected to boost its estimate of the federal government's budget deficit when it reports to Congress today. The CBO had previously set the deficit for the current fiscal year at $199 billion, but may increase that estimate by as much as $30 billion. One analyst said, "We're now looking at deficits that will be large for the next five-to-10 years, and gargantuan thereafter."