Josh Bivens

Josh Bivens

Josh Bivens is the Research and Policy Director at the Economic Policy Institute (EPI).

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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 only silver lining of the Trump presidency is that his unique unlikability has made more Americans pay attention to policy debates. And when Americans pay attention, it turns out they really don’t like the conservative Republican agenda." (Photo: AP) Views
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Year One of the Trump Administration: Normalizing Itself By Working For the Top 1 Percent
Tonight, President Trump is set to deliver his first State of the Union speech, in which he will likely provide a triumphalist account of the economic policy changes made during the first year of his presidency. But despite big talk on the campaign trail about how he would stand up for the...
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017
The Biggest Turkey This Thanksgiving Is the Republican Tax Plan
In recent years we’ve used the tradition of arguing with cranky relatives over the holidays to arm people with evidence to bat back silly economic arguments that are made all year long. This year, most dinner table arguments will likely be about Roy Moore, Al Franken, and maybe Russia, and on those...
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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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Thursday, May 04, 2017
Here's Why the Republican AHCA-But-Worse Plan Should Not Be Passed by the House Today
A vote in favor of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) today would be a vote to make the vast majority of Americans poorer, less healthy and more financially insecure. The AHCA would cost 24 million Americans their health insurance coverage. The majority (14 million) would lose it to breathtakingly...
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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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Sunday, November 27, 2016
Already a Big Gap Between Trump's Promises to the Middle Class and His Policies
During his campaign, President-elect Donald Trump promised that he would take the side of American workers against economic elites when evaluating policy. Yet, the policy proposals he put forth during the campaign had nothing in them that would actually help working- and middle-class Americans. Now...
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Thursday, September 29, 2016
Freeing Corporate Profits from Their Fair Share of Taxes Is Not the Deal America Needs
There’s obviously plenty to criticize regarding Donald Trump’s claims and characterizations about the problems facing the U.S. economy during last night’s debate. But one thing that stuck out clearly was his peddling the myth that profits of U.S. corporations are “trapped” offshore by U.S. tax...
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