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Highlights from Building the Bridge: Solutions to the Infrastructure Crisis

TCF policy associate Jacob Anbinder discusses memorable moments from our latest conference on infrastructure, hosted by the Bernard L. Schwartz Rediscovering Government Initiative.

Tags: white house, rediscovering government, jeff madrick, infrastructure

Why Hasn’t the Economy Fully Recovered? Debt, Debt, Debt

Statistically speaking, the U.S. economy is due for its next recession (with the model that a recession occurs every 6 years). While the economy is in fact looking healthy now, the government has perhaps not taken the smartest steps to prevent this approaching recession. TCF's Dan Alpert suggests that in addition to “an oversupply of labor, productive capacity, and capital,” the U.S. largely ignored working-class and middle-class workers regain financial stability.

Sixty percent of Americans saw their real incomes fall, but they didn’t complain because the “shower” of easy money “allowed them to make up for lost income and maintain living standards — at least for a while.”

Read the full article.

Tags: unemployment, tax policy, recession, national debt, middle-class

POLITICO: Morning Transportation

The Century Foundation's conference, Building the Bridge: Solutions to the Infrastructure Crisis, made it into this week's edition of POLITICO's Morning Transportation.

Blumenauer will also speak downtown during a Century Foundation conference on infrastructure improvement, along with Jason Miller, deputy director of the White House National Economic Council.

See more on the week ahead in transportation and infrastructure here.

Tags: white house, transportation, politico, infrastructure

Does the U.S. Pay Too High a Cost For Free Trade?

TCF fellow Charles Morris explains that despite the strong base of free trade that the U.S. economy is built upon, it may now be decreasing in its effectiveness due to the shifts in Chinese industries and manufacturing.

Yet, over much of the past year, low-cost Chinese steel has flooded U.S. markets, which, DiMicco says, is clear evidence of illegal “dumping.” Beijing, of course, says it complies with all fair trade rules.

But China plays by different rules. Its powerful manufacturing enterprises are largely state-owned, and blessed with a host of subsidies, including Party-determined prices for financings, land purchases, taxes and fuel.

Read the full article from Reuters here.

Tags: us economy, tax rules, manufacturing, international trade, china

Stop Letting the Rich Move to Puerto Rico as a Tax Haven

Apparently certain very wealthy American citizens have decided to take up residence, that is, spend at least 283 days, in Puerto Rico where the US cannot impose federal income tax on Puerto Rican sources and Puerto Rico cannot impose on them local Puerto Rican taxes. TCF fellow Ed Kleinbard says that these loopholes make for some unfortunate capital gains evasion.

The law here is clear, and the only risks are political (that Congress or the Puerto Rican legislature amend their respective tax laws to close down this loophole). But the costs of rolling the dice on the politics are minimal for a superaffluent taxpayer with a big potential capital gains tax bill — sell the homes in Atherton and Telluride, and buy an ocean view estate on the island.

Read Kleinbard's article from The New York Times here.

Tags: tax loopholes, tax evasion, puerto rico, capital gains

Optimistic for the Future, Obama’s Transportation Bill Has No Plan for the Present

While the Obama administration's recently submitted transportation bill should give transportation advocates hope, TCF policy associate Jacob Anbinder explains why the proposal still does not address the policy area's most pressing problem.

Tags: transportation, taxes, obama administration, obama administration, infrastructure, gas


Workers & Economic Inequality

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