Policymakers should take action to raise revenues, promote energy conservation, and reduce climate change.
Carbon taxes or a cap-and-trade systems that would increase energy-related and other prices must include measures to compensate for regional differences in energy costs and
AARP supports exempting Social Security’s administrative costs from limitations on discretionary appropriations in the federal budget.
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.
Motor fuel taxes should be indexed for inflation and increased as necessary to fund transportation infrastructure and services.
Excise taxes on individual commodities, such as tobacco or alcohol, should at least keep pace with inflation, such as by levying them on an ad valorem basis.
Any further efforts to address marriage penalties should be targeted to two-earner couples and structured to avoid increasing marriage bonuses.
Efforts to reform entitlement spending should recognize the following factors:
Deficit-reduction efforts should avoid cuts in programs that serve low- and moderate-income populations.