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AAF Research Finds Tax Simplification Leads To 500,000 Jobs Added, Up to 5 Percent Increase in GDP

The American Action Forum (@AAF) released new research examining the need to modernize and simplify the U.S. tax code, the economic impact of such improvements, and the recent proposal by Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp. AAF found that enacting pro-growth tax simplification could result in significant economic benefits, including: as many as 500,000 new jobs, up to a 5 percent increase in GDP, and $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction. 

AAF Primer Finds EITC Much More Effective In Helping Working Poor Than Minimum Wage

The American Action Forum (@AAF) today released a new primer examining the earned income tax credit (EITC) finding it benefits 58.1 % of the working poor; while only 5.3 % of the working poor earn the minimum wage. The AAF primer evaluates the minimum wage and the EITC in helping workers in poverty. The EITC outperforms the minimum wage in assisting the working poor in every measure evaluated. 

AAF Research Examines Effectiveness of Minimum Wage As An Anti-Poverty Tool

The American Action Forum (@AAF) released new research that examines the minimum wage, its impact on the labor market, and its effectiveness as an anti-poverty tool. The AAF research finds the minimum wage fails to address poverty since it fails to address joblessness.  Increasing the minimum wage to $9 and $10, as has been proposed recently, would fail to assist almost 99 percent of all people in poverty.

AAF Research Finds Two New Fed Regulations Would Require 45.9 Billion Compliance Hours

The American Action Forum (@AAF) released new research focusing on two new proposed Federal regulations that represent the largest expansion of red tape to date. These two new proposed regulations would together add 45.9 billion hours of new paperwork to the 10.3 billion paperwork hours currently required by the Federal government. 

AAF Research Finds Significant Economic Impacts If Minimum Wage Increased

The American Action Forum (@AAF) released new research examining an increase in the minimum wage finding it will have a detrimental effect on new jobs and overall employment. In California, where the state raised the minimum wage to $10, the increase will result in a loss of 191,000 new jobs. The study finds that if every state also adopts a $10 minimum wage over 2.3 million new jobs will be lost nationwide. AAF also released an  interactive map showing the jobs lost by state.

A Regulatory Budget For The Federal Government Could Save $3.1 Billion

Americans spend more than 10.3 billion hours on paperwork required to comply with approximately 9,100 forms from the government. The American Action Forum (@AAF) examined a regulatory budget for the Federal government that would aim to reduce the amount of paperwork Americans must complete in order to comply with government regulations. The AAF analysis found that a regulatory budget would save $3.1 billion in regulatory compliance costs, promote economic growth, and reduce regulatory red tape while protecting public health and safety.

AAF Regulatory Policy Director Sam Batkins Testifies Before Senate Judiciary Committee

WASHINGTON -- American Action Forum (@AAF) Director for Regulatory Policy Sam Batkins testified before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Oversight, Federal Rights, and Agency Action, on the topic of The Human Cost of Regulatory Paralysis. In testimony before the Subcommittee, Batkins said: “It is undeniable that federal red tape is growing, and will likely continue to trend upwards with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and Dodd-Frank.”

More Than 110 Top Conservative Economists Send Letter Supporting Immigration Reform

WASHINGTON, DC - More than 110 influential conservative economists released an open letter to Congressional leadership today supporting immigration reform and touting its economic and budgetary benefits for America. The letter, led by American Action Forum President Douglas Holtz-Eakin, includes a who's who of conservative luminaries: Nobel Laureate in Economics Edward Prescott, Art Laffer, Glenn Hubbard, Ed Lazear, Larry Lindsey, June O’Neill, George Schultz and more.

Benchmark Immigration Reform Would Boost Growth and Reduce Deficit

WASHINGTON – The American Action Forum (AAF) today released a study outlining the channels for immigration reform to translate in to better economic growth and budgetary performance. The paper concludes that “a benchmark immigration reform would raise the pace of economic growth by nearly a percentage point over the near term, raise GDP per capita by over $1,500 and reduce the cumulative federal deficit by over $2.5 trillion.”

AAF & Progressive Policy Institute Offer Guidelines for Federal Housing Administration Reform

WASHINGTON – The American Action Forum (@AAF) and Progressive Policy Institute (@PPI) today released a joint paper outlining common-sense guidelines to Federal Housing Administration (FHA) reform. Jason Gold, PPI Senior Fellow and Director of the “Rebuilding Middle Class Wealth” project, and Andrew Winkler, AAF’s Director of Housing Policy, demonstrate that as the debate in Congress evolves over the future of FHAs, there is common ground for liberals and conservatives to build on.

Wall Street Journal Finds Financial Market Reaction to Cliff Would Be Severe

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If investors start to doubt that a deal will be reached, the consequences could prove severe and difficult to reverse. Such doubts could spark broad selloffs, causing consumers and businesses to retrench, damping investment and job creation.

Republican economist Douglas Holtz-Eakin says in a report to be released Wednesday by the American Action Forum, the right-leaning think tank he leads, that the CBO's estimates understate the depth of a "fiscal cliff" recession next year because economic models can't fully account for financial-market effects.

AAF Analysis Finds Cliff Diving Will Have Immediate, Irreversible Impact on Financial Markets

WASHINGTON - A new analysis from the American Action Forum finds that going over the fiscal cliff would not only have an effect on unemployment, but also on the financial markets as well. American Action Forum President Doug Holtz-Eakin and COO Cameron Smith found that "cliff diving would have significant impact on financial markets, impair asset values, exacerbate credit stringency, and amplify the direct effects on the main street economy. Moreover, contrary to what some have asserted, such impacts cannot be 'unwound' by retroactively legislating away the fiscal cliff."

Boom, Bust, and Beyond: A Look at Housing Market Data in Arizona

PHOENIX – The American Action Forum released today a study examining the current state of the housing market in Arizona and an analysis of the policies that have influenced recovery there. The paper, “Boom, Bust, and Beyond: A Look at Housing Market Data in Arizona” was released in conjunction with today’s event, the U.S. Housing Recovery: Lessons from Arizona, featuring Senator John McCain and top housing and economic experts across the political spectrum.

State of the Housing Recovery Detailed In New American Action Forum Paper

WASHINGTON – A new paper by Forum President Douglas Holtz-Eakin and Forum expert Andrew Winkler shows that the recovery of the housing market will likely remain tepid until robust economic growth is achieved nationally. The paper, “The U.S. Housing Market: Metrics of Recovery & Links to Economic Growth,” was released in conjunction with today’s Forum event, Are We There Yet? The Bumpy Road to a Housing Recovery, featuring top housing and economic experts from around the country and across the political spectrum.

New Survey Finds Supreme Court Insiders Believe Oral Arguments Indicate Court Significantly More Lik

WASHINGTON - Supreme Court insiders now believe there is a better than 50-50 chance that the Supreme Court will strike the individual mandate from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), a significant jump from before the Court's oral arguments. The insiders survey, comprised of a representative sample of former Supreme Court clerks and attorneys who have argued before the Court, was commissioned by the American Action Forum and Center Forward, and was conducted by Purple Insights, the research division of Purple Strategies.

Media Advisory: A Conversation with Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour

Washington - Join Mississippi Governor and Republican Governors Association Policy Chairman, Haley Barbour and American Action Forum President Douglas Holtz-Eakin for an open discussion on domestic policy at the National Press Club on Tuesday, October 25. Topics will include the Affordable Care Act, "Super Committee" recommendations and economic growth. Audience questions are encouraged. A continental breakfast will be provided. Space is limited so please RSVP today.

The Meaning of Big Government

Ever since the 2010 elections there has been much discussion about big, centralized government. Conservatives, libertarians and Tea Party activists alike, argue that America has drifted too far from the constitutional principle of limited government – that the federal government is becoming too big and too powerful, with an unlimited scope of authority. Indeed, the phrase “big government” has historically been a pejorative phrase in the American lexicon.

NEWS RELEASE: PETE MEACHUM JOINS AMERICAN ACTION NETWORK AND AMERICAN ACTION FORUM AS DIRECTOR OF DE

WASHINGTON - American Action Network President Brian Walsh and American Action Forum President Douglas Holtz-Eakin today issued the following statement announcing Pete Meachum as the new Director of Development for the American Action Network and American Action Forum.

 

"I'd like to welcome Pete Meachum back to the American Action Network," said Walsh. "Pete's depth of experience in Washington will truly be an asset to the Network as we look to build on our successful first year."

Principles for Medicaid Reform

In a new paper out today, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Michael Ramlet, and Carey Lafferty outline the tenets of sound Medicaid reform: Medicaid desperately needs reform.  It provides sub-standard care to its beneficiaries and threatens the fiscal futures of the federal and state governments alike.  House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton and Senate Finance Ranking Member Senator Orrin Hatch have taken a common-sense approach to reforming the nation’s broken Medicai