Testimony Reforming Social Security Benefits
Testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee Subcommittee on Social Security
C. Eugene Steuerle
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Reform of the Social Security benefit structure should proceed on the basis of principles and goals related to adequacy, protections in old age, encouragement of work to protect the tax base on which programs like this depend, and equal justice under the law for those equally situated. Many features of current law violate basic principles of public finance without promoting other worthy goals in an effective or well-targeted manner. In his testimony before the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security, Gene Steuerle lays out how to go beyond the types of options put forward by many proposals under consideration to achieve such reform.
Research Areas Economic mobility and inequality Aging and retirement Taxes and budgets
Tags Social Security Fiscal policy Pensions Individual taxes Retirement policy Opportunity and ownership
Policy Centers Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center