FISCAL BLOG

These charts illustrate some of the biggest fiscal policy stories from 2017.

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Congress has a proven track record of extending tax provisions without paying for them.

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Piling on more debt can harm our economy by crowding out private investment, reducing our fiscal flexibility, increasing the risk of a sharp jump in interest rates, and lowering confidence and certainty.

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Several independent organizations have analyzed the budgetary effects of the current tax reform proposals, and they are unanimous in projecting that the legislation would add substantially to our national debt.

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In her final press conference as chair of the Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen said that she was “personally concerned about the U.S. debt situation” and how it may limit the government’s ability to respond to future recessions.

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Independent analyses agree unanimously that either bill would add significantly to the growing national debt.

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The total cost of the Tax Cuts and Job Act is estimated to be $1.7 trillion between 2018 and 2027.

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The statutory tax rate is the percentage imposed by law; the effective tax rate is the percentage of income actually paid by an individual or a company after taking into account tax breaks.

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The bill as written would move up the date we return to trillion dollar deficits by two years, to 2020.

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Lawmakers should pursue policies that don’t make our fiscal outlook even worse.

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Why Fiscal Issues Matter in the 2018 Election

This election season is a critical opportunity for candidates to talk to voters about solutions to put us on a better path.

FISCAL ISSUES ILLUSTRATED

This series of infographics helps put some of today's most pressing fiscal debates in context.