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Paying for Infrastructure With Pixie Dust

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares President Biden and a bipartisan group of senators have agreed to the framework of a plan to boost infrastructure spending by about $579 billion. On top of already planned spending for roads, bridges, transit, water, and broadband, it would amount to a massive $1 trillion.  And they have agreed to pay for it

The Deficit Is Likely To Be Bigger Than Biden Projects, But Not Because Of A Rosy Economic Forecast

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Those of us who have been writing about the federal budgets for too long remember the sad history of presidents trotting out wildly optimistic economic assumptions to explain away growing deficits and debt. It was a tried-and-true way to hide their unwillingness to pay for ambitious spending with too little tax revenue. Former

Treasury Will Allow States to Take ARP Funds and Cut Taxes, With Some Guardrails

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares On Monday, the U.S. Treasury Department released much-anticipated guidance for the American Recovery Plan’s (ARP) $350 billion in direct state and local aid, including details on how it will implement the law’s restriction on using ARP funds for state tax cuts. Treasury’s rules give states plenty of flexibility. But there are limits, and

How Existing Budgetary Commitments Could Affect President Biden’s Domestic Policy Goals

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares The COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying recession laid bare many of the needs of working families and children, as well as federal, state, and local governments’ historic inattention to public health needs and preventative health care. In 2020, Congress responded by enacting approximately $3.5 trillion in economic relief bills. So far this year, it
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