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DLC | New Dem Dispatch | October 21, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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 | New Dem Daily | January 6, 2021
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2021
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, 2021
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, 2020
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, 2020
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.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | April 25, 2020
Death and Tax Cuts
By Bruce Reed
We should help all Americans build estates, not just enrich the few who already have them.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | April 25, 2020
Doing It Right!
By Bruce Reed and Ed Kilgore
Here's a progressive tax cut and prosperity plan to guarantee the nation's fiscal stability.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | April 25, 2020
Fairness Matters
By Robert J. Shapiro
Bush's tax plan fails the progressivity test.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | April 25, 2020
Fixing the Alternative Minimum Tax
By Sen. Blanche L. Lincoln
If we don't change it, millions will pay higher taxes.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | April 25, 2020
Reducing the Payroll Tax Burden
By Robert J. Shapiro
How to achieve a more equitable tax cut by lowering the penalty on work.

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