Taxes provide the revenue that finances government programs at all levels, with income and payroll taxes the largest federal revenue sources. Under the graduated tax system in the United States, those with larger incomes generally are taxed at higher rates than those with lower, but special tax breaks and loopholes can create complexity and inequity.
REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) participates in the Washington Ideas Forum at the Newseum in Washington, November 13, 2013.
Former Governors Caucus brings common sense solutions to the Senate
May 26, 2015, Elaine Kamarck
Two weeks ago, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) came to Brookings to introduce the Former Governors Caucus in the Senate and lay out a non-ideological agenda for improving the function of government. In this post Elaine Kamarck discusses the event and Senator Manchin's proposals.
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