Fiscal policy

Members of the 114th Congress in the House chamber this week in Washington, D.C.

House changes how bills are evaluated

Jan 8, 2015
"Dynamic scoring" of bills sounds boring, but it’s actually a big deal.
Posted In: Congress, scoring, CBO, Fiscal policy

Explainer: Fiscal hawks vs. fiscal doves

Nov 14, 2013
Why are those who want to fight inflation called 'fiscal hawks'?
Posted In: Bernanke, Yellen, Fed, Fiscal policy, whiteboard

How to avoid the 'fiscal cliff'

May 30, 2012
Commentator Robert Reich says lawmakers need to apply the brakes on automatic spending cuts and tax increases set to go into effect at the end of the year or the U.S. may face a new recession.
Posted In: Fiscal policy, Bush tax cuts, federal budget, spending

Your economic predictions: Shadow or no shadow?

May 28, 2012
Last Groundhog Day we asked a couple economists to predict the economic future. Today we asked them to do it again.
Posted In: Economy, Jobs, Fiscal policy

Should Washington act to prevent a 'fiscal cliff'?

May 23, 2012
The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office released a study yesterday warning of a U.S. recession if lawmakers let the Bush-era tax cuts expire and enact a round of automatic spending cuts -- allowing for a 'fiscal cliff.'
Posted In: recession, budget, Fiscal policy, Bush tax cuts

Putting Social Security's deteriorating finances in context

Apr 24, 2012
Social Security's shortfall is manageable, but it's also real.
Posted In: Social Security, entitlements, Fiscal policy

Fiscal union could solve Europe's debt problems

Nov 28, 2011
One idea that's emerging this morning is to create a fiscal union between countries to enforce tighter budgets across Europe.
Posted In: Europe debt crisis, Fiscal policy