Hunter Blair

Hunter Blair

Hunter Blair is a budget analyst for the Economic Policy Institute, in which capacity he researches tax, budget, and infrastructure policy.

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Monday, April 16, 2018
For Tax Day, a Reminder That Economic Arguments for the GOP Tax Plan Have No Theoretical Basis
On Tax Day, Republicans in Congress will surely be trying to tout the benefits from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) that they passed in December. It’s still far too early to make big claims about what the data shows about the effect of the TCJA, but it’s worth remembering why we should be very...
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"The TCJA is already egregiously tilted towards the rich and big corporations. " (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) Views
Friday, April 13, 2018
The Trump Tax Cuts Should be Repealed, Not Made Even Worse by Making Individual Tax Cuts Permanent
W ith Tax Day approaching, the Republican Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), which included large cuts to both individual and corporate income taxes, remains front and center in the national debate. Republicans in Congress chose to make the corporate tax changes permanent, while phasing out most tax...
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The total tax burden that worries small business owners also includes state and local taxes, but again the Republican tax proposal to lower top federal income tax rates on pass-through income does absolutely nothing to the state and local taxes that these owners face. Views
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Why The Republican Tax Plans Do Nothing To Help Genuine Small Businesses
Republican tax plans passed in the House and out of the Senate Finance Committee contain provisions that their defenders claim will help small businesses by lowering top tax rates on “pass-through” income. The House Republican plan includes a new top tax rate of 25 percent on pass-through income...
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Monday, October 16, 2017
49 Percent of the Income Republicans Claim as “Small Business” Already Goes to the Top 1 Percent.
The Republican tax plan claims to be helping small businesses with a new loophole that’s actually tailor-made for the rich. The loophole is a new 25 percent top tax rate for pass-through businesses. Pass-through businesses are those that retain no earnings and pay no taxes at the business level...
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Wednesday, September 27, 2017
A Leopard Can’t Change Its Spots: Newest GOP Tax Framework Is What We Knew It Always Would Be—Tax Cuts for the Rich
The framework of the Republican tax plan was released today. In recent months, architects of the plan repeatedly promised that they had no “intention” to release a tax plan that disproportionately cut the taxes of the rich. Some too-credulous writers repeatedly chastised those of who thought that...
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Graham-Cassidy: Maybe the Worst Republican Health Proposal Yet
The first plan the House of Representatives put forward to repeal the Affordable Cart Act (ACA) was the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The Congressional Budget Office projected that the AHCA would cost 24 million Americans their health insurance coverage by 2026. An amended version, which passed...
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Monday, June 05, 2017
Trump’s Infrastructure Plans Are Empty Promises Not Backed By Money
It has been declared “infrastructure week” by the Trump administration. On the face of it, that should be excellent news. The U.S. economy would benefit enormously from an ambitious increase in public investment, including infrastructure investment. Such investment would create jobs and finally...
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Trump’s Opening Bid for Tax Reform Is More Tax Cuts and Loopholes for the Rich
Today, President Trump unveiled a proposal that serves as his opening bid for the upcoming debate over tax “reform.” Unsurprisingly , the president is proposing straightforward tax cuts for the rich, which will need to be temporary because they will increase the federal budget deficit. The...
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Likeliest Outcome of Tax Reform is a Deficit-Financed Tax Cut for the Rich That Will Expire in a Decade
Undeterred by their failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Republicans look set to move on to the next item in Paul Ryan’s “Better Way” agenda— tax reform . This post helps set the stage for the upcoming tax reform debate and explains why “tax reform” will in the end likely just become a...
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