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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.

Dec 3, 2009 | Taxes

House Votes to Make Estate Tax Permanent

The House today voted to avoid...
Dec 3, 2009 | Budgets & Projections

TARP Winding Down as BofA Says It Will Repay Aid

Secretary Geithner recently said that the Administration will outline its...

Bad Budget Concepts and The Case of Student Loans

Sometimes, the way we score certain items in the budget leads to sub-optimal policy choices. For example, as we explained recently, the long-term...
Dec 2, 2009 | Other Spending

Let's Offset the Costs of the Troop Surge

Last night President Obama gave a long-awaited speech on his plan for increasing troop levels, stating his intention to increase troops by 30,000,...
Dec 1, 2009 | Health Care

Stimulus COBRA Subsidies Begin Expiring

Today, federal COBRA subsidies that help unemployed workers purchase health insurance from their former employers begin expiring. February’s...

CBO Reports on the Effect of Reform on Premiums

Under the Senate health care reform bill the average American will pay about the same for insurance as he or she pays now, the CBO and the Joint...

CBO Report Discusses ARRA Effect on Jobs, GDP Growth

The Congressional Budget Office has come out with a report estimating the impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on employment and...
Nov 30, 2009 | Taxes| Other Spending

Considering a War Tax

Update: An editorial...
Nov 30, 2009 | Economics| Budget Process

Weekend Editorial Roundup

Here are the highlights from this weekend’s editorials on fiscal and budget policy:...
Nov 30, 2009 | Health Care

How to Reduce National Health Spending

The New England Journal of Medicine, last week, had an article by four RAND researchers on...
Nov 25, 2009 | Budgets & Projections

FDIC Deposit Fund Turns Negative

Yesterday, the FDIC reported that the deposit insurance fund fell below zero...
Nov 24, 2009 | Budget Process

Federal Officials Pressure ‘Pay Czar’ to Ease Pay Restrictions at AIG

Worry about the government’s investment in AIG has prompted some federal officials to call for easing the restrictions on pay at AIG for...

Interactive and Sharable Graphs Comparing the Health Care Bills

UPDATE: CHARTS AUTOMATICALLY UPDATE AS NEWER LEGISLATION IS PUT FORWARD. CURRENTLY, THEY REFLECT THE MANAGER'...
Nov 23, 2009

Deficit and Debt Make Headlines

Public concern over the United States’ ballooning deficit and debt seems to be growing. Both the cover of this week’s Economist and the...
Nov 23, 2009 | Economics

Weekend Editorial Roundup

Here are the highlights from this weekend’s editorials on fiscal and budget policy:As politicians react to record high levels of...
Nov 23, 2009

One More FDIC Bank Closing

On Friday evening, the FDIC reported that it has taken over an additional bank (...
Nov 22, 2009

China Worries About U.S. Debt -- SNL Style

Yesterday, Saturday Night Live's opening sketch featured...
Nov 22, 2009 | Health Care

Senate Votes to Begin Health Care Debate

Yesterday, the Senate voted 60-39 to begin debating their...

Reports Roundup

A number of very interesting and relevant government reports have come out this week. Check them out:...
Nov 20, 2009 | Budgets & Projections

The True Costs of Health Reform

UPDATE: CBO has modified its cost estimate for the House bill to save $138 billion over ten years, instead of $109 billion. This change is due...

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