Congress and the states should extend the EITC to workers with low incomes who have no dependents regardless of age, including those ages 65 and older, provided they are not dependents themselves.
Policymakers should retain estate and inheritance taxes as important components of our tax structure.
Federal and state estate and inheritance taxes should affect only the largest transfers.
Food and nutrition programs should have adequate funding to engage in robust outreach efforts.
Deficit-reduction efforts should avoid cuts in programs that serve low- and moderate-income populations.
States should not tie essential spending programs to unstable revenue sources.
The federal government must strive for long-term fiscal balance.
Higher levels of government should provide adequate resources when mandating functions to lower levels of government.
Services should be implemented and operated by the level of government that can most appropriately and efficiently deliver them.
Efforts to reform entitlement spending should recognize the following factors:
Goods sold over the internet and through catalogs should be subject to the same sales tax treatment as goods sold by local brick-and-mortar retailers.