Towards Bipartisan Tax Policy

Four politically diverse tax experts released their new paper, "Towards Bipartisan Tax Policy" at a forum hosted by the New America Foundation, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, American University's Center for Public Finance Research, the Concord Coaltion, and the Tax Foundation, on Thursday, February 12, 2009.
The conference was dedicated to a bipartisan approach to tax policy for a new Congress and Administration and was keynoted by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI).
Tax policy can be expected to play a prominent role in the domestic policy debate as the new Administration unveils their approach to long-term fiscal challenges faced by the nation in the coming months. Despite their different approaches to tax and fiscal policy, all four authors agree that the current tax system is inadequate to handle the economic and budgetary challenges that lie before our nation, and that there must be bipartisan basis to any reform. The effort builds on calls by President Obama for greater bipartisanship to address the nation's problems. By presenting a reasonable, middle ground approach to tax policy to illustrate the types of sensible policy choices that could be made, there could emerge a serious effort to address fundamental problems with the tax system.

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Opening Remarks
Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR)
Senate Committee on Finance
Senate Committee on the Budget
Featured Speakers
Robert Carroll
Executive-in-Residence and Co-Director, Center for Public Finance Research
American University
Vice-President for Economic Policy, Tax Foundation
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Tax Analysis with the Bush Administration
John E. "Buck" Chapoton
Board Member, Concord Coalition
Former Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy with the Reagan Administration
Maya MacGuineas
Director, Fiscal Policy Program
New America Foundation
President, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget
Diane Lim Rogers
Chief Economist, Concord Coalition
Former Chief Economist for the Democratic House Budget Committee and Democratic House Ways and Means Committee
Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI 1st District)
Ranking Member, House Committee on the Budget
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