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The Center on Budgets and Taxes at The Heartland Institute seeks to stop tax increases at the national, state, and local levels and help elected officials find ways to reduce spending and balance their budgets. It seeks to convince elected officials that lowering taxes and reducing government spending is good policy and good politics.

We help governments lower taxes and spending by exploring opportunities to privatize poorly delivered services. We actively oppose junk science and the use of scare tactics in the areas of public health and environmental protection. And we champion constitutional tax and spending limits for state and national governments.

The national government currently faces a national debt of $18 trillion. National entitlement programs are all on paths to bankruptcy, some as soon as this year. Many states and cities face their own impending financial cliffs as years of over-promising wages and benefits to public workers collide with chronic under-funding of public pension funds. Government debt is a “ticking time bomb” that threatens to destroy people’s savings, the economy, and America’s leadership in the world. The regulatory state is similarly out of control.

In order to stop tax hikes and compel elected officials to control spending, free-market advocates must first prove that lower taxes, privatization of public services, and tax and spending limitations yield stronger economic growth and prosperity. Legislators armed with good information can win debates and get their legislation passed, persuade constituents, and mobilize interest groups that benefit from good policy choices.

The Heartland Institute is especially good at marketing good ideas to elected officials. Everything we do is aimed specifically at meeting the information needs of elected officials. We reach them directly, repeatedly, and with the most persuasive information available. First, we change their minds, and then they change policy.

Videos

Title: ITTe363: Biden Admin Celebrates 40-Year High Inflation
Description: The Heartland Institute's Donald Kendal, Jim Lakely, and Chris Talgo present episode 363 of the In The Tank Podcast. Despite continued high inflation numbers, stock market drops, and a shaky housing market, the Biden Administration thought is was a good time to celebrate the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act. Also, major credit card companies have taken action that will essentially create a national gun registry. PRIMARY TOPIC – BIDEN ADMINISTRATION CELEBRATES 40-YEAR HIGH INFLATION The Federalist - The Biden Administration Isn’t Interested In Governing But In Criminalizing The Opposition https://thefederalist.com/2022/09/14/the-biden-administration-isnt-interested-in-governing-but-in-criminalizing-the-opposition/ NYP - White House throws ‘inflation reduction’ party with James Taylor as stocks crash over dismal 8.3% rate https://nypost.com/2022/09/13/gop-slams-biden-for-out-of-touch-inflation-celebration/ Washington Post - ‘This is your victory,’ Biden celebrates Inflation Reduction Act https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/09/13/biden-inflation-reduction-act/ AP News - Driven by consumers, US inflation grows more persistent https://apnews.com/article/inflation-economy-prices-881c8411bad80180f025e138f0bd444e CNN - The Fed could crash the housing market https://www.cnn.com/2022/09/14/investing/premarket-stocks-trading/index.html NPR - Inflation is crushing rural America and may even drive people to the cities https://www.npr.org/2022/07/25/1112915507/inflation-rural-america-gas-prices-economy US JEC - State Inflation Tracker: July 2022 https://www.jec.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/republicans/2022/8/state-inflation-tracker-july-2022 SECONDARY TOPIC – MAJOR CREDIT CARDS CREATING A GUN REGISTRY The Federalist - Credit Card Giants Conspire With Democrats To Monitor Consumer Gun Purchases https://thefederalist.com/2022/09/12/credit-card-giants-conspire-with-democrats-to-monitor-consumer-gun-purchases/ Axios - Credit card companies to track gun store purchases https://www.axios.com/2022/09/12/gun-stores-credit-cards-visa-mastercard-american-express Business Insider - Trucking giant Saia says it will no longer transport firearms that are fully or partly assembled https://www.businessinsider.com/trucking-company-saia-will-no-longer-transport-guns-firearms-2022-6

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