Budget Matters Blog

Category: Taxes & Revenue


Introducing the Poor People's Moral Budget: Everybody Has the Right to Live

For the 140 million people who are poor, or one emergency away from being poor, we know it's necessary to present a comprehensive response to the systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism, and war economy plaguing our country today. This Poor People’s Moral Budget asks, given the resources of our society, whether these demands are also possible. Our answer is a resounding yes.


Your taxes provided $48 billion to Lockheed Martin. And some other stuff.

April 15, 2019 is Tax Day. Do you know where your tax dollars are? Here's a hint: military contractors cost the average taxpayer more than the price of a new Macbook Pro, but public housing costs the average taxpayer less than a curling iron from Wal-Mart. The average American paid...


How Much Could We Buy With a 70% Top Marginal Tax Rate?

How much could our federal government pay for if the top marginal tax rate was raised to 70 percent?


Tax Reform This Bad Only Comes Along Once in a Generation

Possibly the single worst thing about it is the cynical way that its supporters want to use it to create an excuse to gut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. 


Death and Taxes: Trump's Tax Bill and the National Defense Authorization Act

The priorities in Congress this week are clear: a $700 billion authorization for military spending in FY 2018, and a $1.5 trillion tax plan that bestows untold wealth upon the already jaw-droppingly wealthy.


Tax Cuts of the Rich and Famous

If the Trump tax plan were an object, you can bet it would be gold-plated


Want More Jobs? Corporate Tax Cuts Won't Help

Corporations exist for only one reason: to maximize profits, not employment.


Tax Day 2017: Taxes and All the Feels

Taxes are like membership dues.  We pay them to fund our priorities – the services and programs we care about – and they are also an investment in our country’s future.


Meet Your Member of Congress this April

Congress is in "recess" from April 7 to April 21, 2017. That means that members of Congress are home in their states or districts -- and they're ready to meet with you.


Top 6 Federal Budget Moments of 2016

How 2016 changed peace and military spending, climate change, economic inequality and corporate greed.