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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.

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Sep 2, 2015 | Taxes

Most of Deficit's Decline Because Tax Breaks Aren't Included

Much of the press coverage of the updated projections issued by the Congressional Budget Office last week focused on the fact that the deficit would...
Sep 1, 2015 | Budgets & Projections

Growing Health & Interest Spending to Overwhelm Flat Revenue

CBO's recent budget projections show debt growing in the latter half of the decade as deficits widen. Entitlement spending will continue to grow...
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Interest Rates Continue to Fall in CBO's Forecast

CBO’s latest budget baseline projects ten-year deficit numbers to be slightly smaller than previously estimated, despite the passage of...
Aug 31, 2015 | Social Security

Bipartisan Policy Center Publishes SSDI Recommendations

The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) recently convened a Disability Insurance Working Group and released their recommendations to address the...

Three Scenarios for Projecting Debt

Our recent analysis of the Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) August baseline focused on CBO's official current law baseline projections,...
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Aug 26, 2015 | Budgets & Projections

CRFB Breaks Down the Newest CBO Budget Projections

CRFB has released its analysis of CBO's latest ten-year budget projections, detailing the important facts from the report and how it has changed...
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Aug 25, 2015 | Budgets & Projections

CBO Still Shows Unsustainable Debt in its August Baseline

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) just released its August baseline, updating budget projections from March and economic projections from January...
Aug 24, 2015 | Social Security

Event Recap: McCrery-Pomeroy SSDI Solutions Conference

On Tuesday, August 4, 2015, the McCrery-Pomeroy SSDI Solutions Initiative hosted its SSDI Solutions Conference, presenting the 12...
Aug 24, 2015 | Budgets & Projections

Immigration Reform Drives Positive Economic Effects of the President's Budget

CBO released its estimate of the economic effects of the President's budget late last week, doing dynamic scoring for the President's budget...
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Aug 24, 2015 | Social Security

Judd Gregg: Ensuring Social Security’s Future

Judd Gregg, a former Republican senator from New Hampshire, served as chairman of the Senate Budget Committee from 2005 to 2007 and ranking member...
Aug 21, 2015 | Economics

Mitch Daniels: Could income-share agreements help solve the student debt crisis?

Mitch Daniels is the president of Purdue University, a former governor of Indiana, a former director of the Office of Management and Budget, and a co...

A Preview of the Potentially High-Stakes Fall

Lawmakers have dealt with several Fiscal Speed Bumps – budgetary deadlines – throughout the year, but quite a few will appear over the...
Eugene Steuerle
Aug 19, 2015 | Social Security

Gene Steuerle: Reforming Disability Policy: Tough Choices Required

Dr. Eugene (Gene) Steuerle is the Richard B. Fisher chair and Institute Fellow at the Urban Institute and a member of the Committee for a Responsible...
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Aug 19, 2015 | Social Security

Are Social Security Benefits Modest?

With Social Security’s recent 80th birthday behind us, a debate has arisen over whether or not Social Security benefits are "modest"...
Aug 19, 2015 | Social Security

Adam Rosenberg: Four Myths About Social Security

Adam Rosenberg, a policy analyst with the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, wrote a guest post that appeared on the RealClearPolicy blog....
Aug 17, 2015 | Social Security

SSDI Solutions Initiative Releases Issue Brief on the Financial State of the Program

The McCrery-Pomeroy SSDI Solutions Initiative newly released an issue brief on the financial state of the SSDI program, the third primer in...
Aug 14, 2015 | Social Security

8 Myths on Social Security's 80th Birthday

Today marks Social Security's 80th birthday, celebrating the anniversary of the establishment of the old-age portion of the program in the Social...
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Aug 14, 2015 | Social Security

A Quick Take On Governor Christie’s Entitlement Plan

This morning, Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) delivered an important speech in New Hampshire on the need for entitlement reform. The speech...
Aug 11, 2015 | Other Spending| Taxes

Carper's Highway Plan Responsibly Fixes Trust Fund But With a Catch

The three-month highway law that passed last month was intended to buy time for a more lasting solution for the Highway Trust Fund's finances, so...
Aug 7, 2015 | Budgets & Projections

Fiscal FactCheck: The First Republican Debate

This blog is the first in a “Fiscal FactCheck” designed to examine the accuracy of budget-related statements made during the 2016...