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  • July 21, 2014

    Are We Turning the Dials the Wrong Way?

    “Federal fiscal policy is entering uncharted territory,” Goldman Sachs economists Alec Phillips and Blake Taylor warned Sunday in a research note. Their title: “What’s Wrong with Fiscal Policy?” You...

  • U.S. President Trump sits at his desk before signing bills at the White House in Washington

    Tax Overhaul Gaining Support

    By Michael Rainey

    The public is slowly warming to the Republican tax overhaul, according to a new survey from The New York Times . Approval has risen to 51 percent, up from 46 percent in December, likely driven at...

  • Tax Cuts Help Drive Corporate Buybacks to Record High

    By Michael Rainey

    Companies are buying their own stocks at a record pace this year, according to Birinyi Associates, an investment firm in Westport, Connecticut. U.S. corporations announced $170.8 billion in stock...

  • A woman pumps gas at a station in Falls Church

    A Bridge Too Far? Trump May Back Raising the Gas Tax

    By Michael Rainey

    President Trump might be open to raising the gas tax by 25 cents a gallon to raise money for infrastructure projects, but the idea faces a long, tough road at best . While the influential Chamber of...

  • Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin speaks in Washington

    VA Chief Misused Taxpayer Money: Report

    The Trump administration, already embroiled in controversy over its handling of the domestic violence allegations against senior White House aide Rob Porter, now faces a new scandal: Veterans Affairs...

  • The Best of Twitter’s #TaxValentines

    Seeing the #TaxValentines hashtag on Twitter got our hearts all aflutter today. Here are some of the tweets we loved best. If you can top these, send your submissions to yrosenberg@thefiscaltimes.com...

  • Mulvaney listens as U.S. President Donald Trump meets with members of the Republican Study Committee at the White House in Washington

    Can Mick Mulvaney Still Call Himself a Deficit Hawk?

    Mick Mulvaney, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, may have just put out a budget proposal that never reaches balance and that projects more than $7 trillion in deficits over...

  • Delaware’s Tax Cut Gold Rush Is Coming to an End

    By Michael Rainey

    Since late 2017, hedge fund and private equity executives have created thousands of shell companies in America’s most forgiving tax jurisdiction in what appears to be an effort to game the Republican...

  • FILE PHOTO:  Fannie Mae headquarters is seen in Washington, DC, U.S. on February 21, 2014.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo

    Fannie Mae Whacked by New Tax Rules

    By Michael Rainey

    The Republican tax overhaul took a big bite out of Fannie Mae, the mortgage giant that has been managed by the federal government since the 2008 financial crisis. The new tax rules forced Fannie Mae...

  • U.S. President Trump sits at his desk before signing bills at the White House in Washington

    Trump Clearly Has No Problem with Debt and Deficits

    By Michael Rainey and Yuval Rosenberg

    A self-proclaimed “king of debt,” President Trump has produced a budget that promises red ink as far as the eye can see. With last year's $1.5 trillion tax cut reducing revenues, the White House gave...

  • FILE PHOTO: A CSX freight train crosses the Potomac River in Harpers Ferry West Virginia

    Why Trump’s $1.5 Trillion Infrastructure Plan Will Never Get on Track

    By Michael Rainey

    The Trump administration’s infrastructure plan , released Monday, is designed to “stimulate” $1.5 trillion in spending over 10 years, but the federal government’s contribution to that effort is just...

  • Another Blue State Wants a Tax Workaround

    By Michael Rainey

    New Jersey is the latest high-tax state looking for ways to limit the potentially negative effects of the Republican tax overhaul, which imposed a $10,000 limit on state and local tax deductions. On...

  • A red traffic light stands in front of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington

    3 New Rules that Will Define Government Spending

    By Michael Rainey

    Critics across the political spectrum agree that the massive spending deal President Trump signed Friday marks a huge shift in the fiscal environment in Washington. Heather Long and Jeffrey Stein of...

  • ITALY-HORSES-THEFT

    ‘Temporary’ Tax Breaks Alive and Well in Budget Deal

    By Michael Rainey

    The Senate budget deal contains multiple “tax extenders” that carry over supposedly temporary tax breaks from previous years. These extenders are an odd bunch and include tax breaks for everything...

  • Big Jump in Corporate Buybacks

    By The Fiscal Times Staff

    Critics of the GOP tax overhaul argue that businesses will use their tax cut windfall not for domestic investment but to boost buybacks and enrich shareholders. On Wednesday, CNBC provided some...

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