Testimony Labor Force Participation, Taxes, and the Nation's Social Welfare System
Testimony before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform United States House of Representatives
C. Eugene Steuerle
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Gene Steuerle testifies before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on labor force participation, taxes, and the social welfare system. Although there is some disagreement over the extent to which the nations social welfare systems affect work efforts, there is almost no disagreement that they are designed in piecemeal fashion, leading to a variety of unfair, inefficient, and somewhat strange effects. Our modern economy requires modern approaches to social welfare and taxation. At a minimum, we need to begin approaching our wide assortment of programs, phase-outs of benefits, and tax rates in a more integrated fashion.
Research Areas Social safety net Race and equity Taxes and budgets Wealth and financial well-being
Tags Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Welfare and safety net programs Racial and ethnic disparities Individual taxes Federal budget and economy Unemployment and unemployment insurance Racial barriers to accessing the safety net Racial inequities in employment
Policy Centers Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center