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December 21, 2011 | By John Irons | Economic SnapshotEPI highlights 11 unique charts from this past year on the issues of unemployment, wealth, income, budgets, and public investment.
November 22, 2011 | By John Irons | BlogYesterday, the congressional supercommittee announced that it failed to come to an agreement to reduce the deficit by at least $1.2 trillion over 10 years.
November 17, 2011 | By John Irons | TestimonyWritten testimony prepared by Andrew Fieldhouse, Ethan Pollack, and Rebecca Thiess Wednesday 11:00 a.m., November 16, 2011: Rayburn House Office Building Introduction The U.
November 15, 2011 | By John Irons | BlogAs the deadline looms for the supercommittee to report back to Congress, some have raised the specter that “failure” would lead to a collapse in financial markets.
November 8, 2011 | By John Irons | BlogThe Washington Post‘s Ezra Klein with a useful observation… Just a reminder: The market will literally pay us to borrow money from them for 5, 7 or 10 years.
November 3, 2011 | By John Irons | BlogIn a blog post yesterday, Paul Krugman again noted that the growth in income inequality is not all about education. He pointed to two different charts to illustrate: one showing the growth of the top 1 percent relative to other income groups and a second with wage growth by education levels.
November 2, 2011 | By John Irons | Analysis and OpinionYou can call it 9-9-9, the Rick Perry two-step, or a national sales tax. But the various flat tax plans being proposed by Republican candidates, right-wing think tanks, and media commentators share some common characteristics that should worry most middle-class Americans.
October 21, 2011 | By John Irons | BlogMacroeconomic Advisers has a new analysis of the Republican alternative to the American Jobs Act. Bottom line job impact through 2013: Obama’s American Jobs Act: +1.3 million Republican’s Jobs through Growth Act: zero (or worse).
October 12, 2011 | By John Irons | TestimonyWritten testimony submitted to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade and Subcommittee on Health
October 11, 2011 | By John Irons | Issue BriefSee also John Irons’ congressional testimony, Food Marketing: Can ‘Voluntary’ Government Restrictions Improve Children’s Health? The Interagency Working Group on Food Marketed to Children—consisting of the Federal Trade Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, the U.S.
September 23, 2011 | By John Irons | BlogUPDATE 9/26: Looks like the TPC has “retracted” the estimates below citing an error “which involved rollover distributions from 401(k)s and similar retirement plans, caused us to significantly overstate the income of some high-income taxpayers and thus understate the tax rates they paid.” I don’t know how much of a difference this will make, but I suspect that the overall distribution will only be moderately effected, and only at the very top.
September 21, 2011 | By John Irons | BlogRepublican leaders in Congress are trying to push the Federal Reserve towards inaction (and simultaneously demonstrating why the Fed was designed to be somewhat independent from Congress) via a stern letter to Chairman Ben Bernanke and the rest of the Federal Open Market Committee.
September 15, 2011 | By John Irons | BlogWe know that children are disproportionally impacted by unemployment and underemployment. EPI has already looked at the total number of children who live in families with at least one unemployed or underemployed parent ( see this snapshot, or this paper).
September 8, 2011 | By John Irons | BlogTonight, President Obama outlined a set of measures that would create jobs. Here’s a quick look at the impact on employment over the next couple of years.
President’s new initiatives could boost employment by more than one million, on top of impact from extensions of temporary provisions
September 8, 2011 | By John Irons | BlogStill waiting for details, but the outline of the President’s Jobs plan is beginning to take shape: Obama jobs plan could cost $300 billion, include tax cuts, new spending – The Washington Post […] According to sources with knowledge of White House deliberations, Obama’s plan may consist of spending on programs to extend aid to state and local governments to retain teachers and rehabilitate school buildings, as well as put construction crews to work retrofitting commercial buildings to make them more environmentally friendly.
September 7, 2011 | By John Irons | BlogPresident Obama is scheduled to propose a set of job-creation proposals before a joint session of Congress on Thursday. Details have yet to be released, but it looks like the package will include a continuation of some policies — such as the expanded unemployment insurance benefits, and the payroll tax holiday — and some new initiatives such as school construction and expanded investments in infrastructure.
August 1, 2011 | By John Irons | Analysis and OpinionThe agreement to raise the debt ceiling just announced by policymakers in Washington not only erodes funding for public investments and safety-net spending, but also misses an important opportunity to address the lack of jobs in the labor market.
June 24, 2011 | By John Irons | Analysis and OpinionIn this commentary, EPI Research and Policy Director John Irons explains why the debt ceiling debate ignores economic realities and the need for more jobs.
April 5, 2011 | By John Irons | Quick TakesThe Chairman of the House Committee on the Budget, Republican Paul Ryan, released a proposed budget for fiscal year 2012 that rehashes failed economic thinking and the standard wish-list of right-wing policies.
February 17, 2011 | By John Irons | Analysis and OpinionIn a letter to Republican House leaders, EPI's Research and Policy Director John Irons defends the science used to project that widespread job loss would result from proposed cuts in domestic spending. "The use of macroeconomic analysis as conducted by EPI and many others to describe the impact of fiscal policy on jobs is very standard economic science," Irons writes.
February 14, 2011 | By John Irons | Analysis and Opinion"Severely flawed," but far better than alternatives supported by many in Congress.
December 1, 2010 | By John Irons | Analysis and OpinionProposal from the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform misdiagnoses the problem, fails to address current economic crisis.
November 10, 2010 | By John Irons | StatementStatement of John Irons, Economic Policy Institute Research and Policy Director, on Deficit Commission co-chairs’ preliminary proposal