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DLC | New Dem Dispatch | September 21, 2007
Idea of the Week: Letting All Homeowners Benefit from Mortgage Interest Deduction
Making mortage interest deductions available to taxpayers who don't itemize their returns would provide tax relief to low- and middle-income families who want a piece of the American Dream.


DLC | New Dem Dispatch | June 4, 2007
Idea of the Week: Tax Reform for Higher Education and Training
Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN) and Congressman Rahm Emanuel (D-IL) recently introduced legislation to dramatically simplify and create a more generous tax incentive to help pay for higher education.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | October 18, 2006
Close the Tax Gap
By Paul Weinstein Jr.
The convoluted U.S. tax system loses track of what taxpayers owe. Here's how to solve some of its biggest problems.


DLC  | Blueprint Magazine | July 22, 2006
Democratizing Capitalism
By Austan Goolsbee
The rich are getting richer because of their high-return investments. Progressives should boost incentives for everyone else to get ahead.


DLC | New Dem Dispatch | October 21, 2005
Idea of the Week: Family-Friendly Tax Reform
The U.S. Council of Mayors has proposed a series of tax reforms that would greatly simplify the tax code for the vast majority of taxpayers while providing a new focus on helping middle-class families raise their kids, send them to college, own a home, and save for the future.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | May 31, 2005
Give Them A Break
By Paul Weinstein Jr.
Bush has showered tax breaks on the wealthy. We should be helping middle-class families instead.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | May 31, 2005
Tax Reform or Bust
By Robert J. Shapiro
It's up to progressives to press for sensible tax reform, because it's perfectly clear that the president will never do what it takes.


PPI | Testimony | May 11, 2005
Family Friendly Tax Reform
By Paul Weinstein Jr.
Testimony before the President's Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform.


Investor's Business Daily | Column | April 26, 2005
A Family Focus Gives The Left Edge On Taxes
By Paul Weinstein Jr.
Progressives should champion a bold set of reforms that would harness the tax code as an instrument to expand middle-class opportunity.


DLC | New Dem Dispatch | April 15, 2005
Idea of the Week: Family-Friendly Tax Reform
In an important new report from the Progressive Policy Institute, Paul Weinstein Jr. lays out a proposal for "family-friendly tax reform" that would simplify the tax code and promote middle-class opportunity, without adding to federal budget deficits.


PPI | Policy Report | April 12, 2005
Family-Friendly Tax Reform
By Paul Weinstein Jr.
Americans deserve a tax code that reflects their values and aspirations. Congress should enact tax reform that provides relief to all Americans; makes the code more rational; rewards work, family, and responsibility; and promotes upward mobility.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | January 8, 2004
Up Against It
By Ed Kilgore
Bush has pushed the middle class to the wall. Incomes down, taxes up (it's true!), deficits huge, crime rising. It's a bad bargain.


DLC | New Dem Daily | January 6, 2004
A Counter-Reformation on Taxes
Democrats can win the tax issue, but only if they combine a willingness to propose tax reform and middle-class tax relief with a determination to make government as responsible and efficient as possible.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | June 30, 2003
Spreading the Wealth -- to the Rich
By Robert J. Shapiro
A review of William H. Gates Sr. and Chuck Collins' "Wealth and Our Commonwealth: Why America Should Tax Accumulated Fortunes."


PPI | Policy Report | May 20, 2003
Universal Access to College Through Tax Reform
By Paul Weinstein Jr.
By streamlining our tax code and creating new incentives to help families save for college, we reduce the financial burden on students and allow them to focus on what counts: their education.


DLC | New Dem Daily | May 14, 2003
Just Say No To Tax Cuts
The bottom line should not be obscured: this tax debate is about the president's efforts to spend money we don't have on people who don't need it, in a way that is likely to hurt, not help, our economy.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | February 11, 2003
Class Warfare
By The Editors
Bush's latest tax plan is just another scheme to redistribute income from the middle classes to the comfortably rich.


DLC | New Dem Daily | February 10, 2003
Tax Reform That Ain't
The Bush Administration's central economic and fiscal crusade is to treat wealthy Americans to tax-free investment income and lower taxes on all other income. The best example of this big but bad idea is its proposal to overhaul retirement savings accounts such as IRAs and 401(k)s.


PPI | Backgrounder | June 26, 2001
2001 Tax Cut Contains Tax Breaks for Working Families
By Anne Kim and Jeff Lemieux
Perhaps the only silver lining in the tax package signed by President Bush this month is a small number of progressive provisions specially targeted to lower-income working families.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | April 25, 2001
A Health Care Tax Credit to Cover the Uninsured
By David Kendall, Jeff Lemieux, and S. Robert Levine, MD
Conservatives will like the private coverage, while liberals will like the public financing.


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