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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: In the Tank ep339: Biden's $6 Trillion Budget, The Progressive Caucus Demands Executive Action
Description: The Heartland Institute's Donald Kendal, Jim Lakely, Chris Talgo, and Jack McPherrin present episode 339 of the In The Tank Podcast -- recorded LIVE at noon CT on Thursday, March 31. On this episode, the ITT crew covered Joe Biden's absurd $6 trillion budget and pressure he's getting from progressives in Congress to just do by executive order what the left has failed to do via legislation. OPENING CHIT CHAT – WORLD GOVERNMENT SUMMIT World Government Summit 2022 https://www.worldgovernmentsummit.org/events/2022/agenda BIDEN’S $6 TRILLION BUDGET NYT – Here’s what Biden’s budget would do, and not do, for climate change https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/29/climate/biden-budget-climate.html The Philadelphia Inquirer – Four takeaways from Biden’s budget proposal https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/biden-budget-plan-takeaways-deficit-taxes-20220329.html Townhall – Biden’s $5.8 Trillion Budget Is All Smoke and Mirrors https://townhall.com/columnists/christalgo/2022/03/29/bidens-58-trillion-budget-is-all-smoke-and-mirrors-n2605158 PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS DEMANDS EXECUTIVE ACTION Stopping Socialism – Congressional Progressive Caucus Wants to Crown Biden King, So He Can Institute Radical Agenda with Executive Actions https://stoppingsocialism.com/2022/03/congressional-progressive-caucus-wants-to-crown-biden-king-so-he-can-institute-radical-agenda-with-executive-actions/ The Blaze – AOC admits Dems are in big ‘trouble’ ahead of midterms. Her solution: Biden should use executive power to ram through a leftist agenda https://www.theblaze.com/news/aoc-admits-democrats-in-trouble-ahead-of-midterms WORST TIME TO BE A CLIMATE ALARMIST? (if time permits) Grist – ‘We are unstoppable’: Youth climate strikes return in full force https://grist.org/article/global-climate-strike-youth/

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