Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Daily Policy Digest for December 12, 2012

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December 12, 2012

Leave the Consumer Product Index and Cost-of-Living Adjustment Out of the Budget Talks

House Republican hope that switching to a chained consumer price index would slow adjustment of income tax brackets for inflation and reduce annual cost of living increases for Social Security retirees...


Surprise: New Insurance Fee in Health Overhaul Law

A new, $63-per-head fee to cushion the cost of covering people with pre-existing conditions under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul works out to tens of millions of dollars for the largest companies...


School Reform, the Texas Way

About 1.2 million students drop out of high school each year in the United States; 44 percent of the dropouts who are under age 24 are jobless...


Raising Medicare Eligibility a First Step toward Deficit Reduction

Over the next 20 years, spending on the major entitlement programs is projected to continue to rise very rapidly, reaching 15.1 percent of gross domestic product in 2030...


Increases in Education Spending Do Not Result in Higher Academic Performance

Federal spending has increased for elementary and secondary education programs; however, two-thirds of students still can't read or solve mathematical problems at grade level...


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