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State and Local Governments Flush with Cash

The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) recently released data on state and local government spending and receipts in the third quarter of 2021...

Build Back Better Visualized

Last week, the White House released a $1.75 trillion framework for the reconciliation bill currently working its way through Congress. When combined...

Maya MacGuineas: Reconciliation can work if Congress sets priorities and cuts the games

Maya MacGuineas is president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt. She recently wrote an...

House Child Care Plan Cost Could Double If Made Permanent

As lawmakers discuss making numerous parts of the Build Back Better plan expire early, at least one part of the House bill — the expanded child care...

BBB Expirations Could Hide $1 to $2 Trillion of True Costs

As negotiations over President Biden’s Build Back Better reconciliation package continue, lawmakers are reportedly considering an extension of the...

Chartbook: Build Back Better for Less

Policymakers are apparently now targeting $1.5 trillion to $2.3 trillion of gross spending increases and tax cuts for their Build Back Better...

Build Back Better for Less: Two Illustrative Packages

Note: We have published a chartbook to accompany this paper. Policymakers are apparently now targeting $1.5 trillion to $2.3 trillion of gross...

Q&A: Everything You Should Know About Government Shutdowns

The new fiscal year (FY) will begin on October 1, 2021, and Congress has so far enacted none of the 12 appropriations bills setting discretionary...

Five Ways to Improve the FY 2022 Reconciliation Package

Congress is attempting to enact a large and ambitious agenda of new programs through the reconciliation process. While President Biden has made the...