Services should be implemented and operated by the level of government that can most appropriately and efficiently deliver them.
Property taxes should be equitable.
Public-benefit programs should ensure that families headed by grandparents and other caregiver relatives receive sufficient support for economic security and well-being.
Any further efforts to address marriage penalties should be focused on two-earner couples and structured to avoid increasing marriage bonuses.
Policymakers should broaden the tax base by limiting tax preferences that do not efficiently achieve important policy goals.
Tax and spending decisions should be the purview of the legislative branch.
A balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution should not be adopted.
Policymakers should enact effective and balanced rules for fiscal discipline.
Governments should not limit their ability to address future economic and political changes and the need for investments.
Efforts to balance the budget or address shortfalls should remain the purview of the legislative branch. They should be fully negotiated by elected officials.