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Why Tax Reform Is Hard

As we noted in our last newsletter, September was, perhaps, the cruelest month.  A bevy of high stakes deadlines (and potential crises) loomed— many, but not all, were met.  But the real blow to the party in power was the failure to meet a parliamentarian-decreed deadline to repeal and replace


Whither Tax Reform? Chasing the Great White Whale

Tax reform, particularly genuinely comprehensive tax reform, seems to be the great white whale of American politics.  Given that it tends to occur once a generation, the smart money is always on betting on the reform du jour failing.  And yet, confident rumblings have yet again surfaced–from Speaker Ryan and Ways and


SENIOR FELLOW LAURA BLESSING IN THE NEWS

A Tax Notes article on the tax policy dynamic going forward with a new Speaker and new Ways and Means chair quoted Senior Fellow Laura Blessing on the multiple meanings of “regular order” and Speaker Ryan and Chair Brady’s working relationship. You can read the entire article here (subscription service).


SENIOR FELLOW LAURA BLESSING ON THE RADIO

GAI Senior Fellow Laura Blessing joined WYPR radio host Sheilah Kast on Baltimore’s NPR affiliate to discuss current trends in the Republican Party.  She spoke with fellow guests historian Geoffrey Kabaservice and journalist Barry Rascovar; you can listen to their conversation here .


SENIOR FELLOW LAURA BLESSING IN THE NEWS

An Al Jazeera article quoted Senior Fellow Laura Blessing on the institutional context Paul Ryan encounters in his new position as Speaker.  “The change in the person in the speaker’s chair doesn’t change the political context that surrounds them,” Blessing said. “Even with a little bit of breathing space, he’s going to face the same


SENIOR FELLOW LAURA BLESSING IN THE NEWS

GAI Senior Fellow Laura Blessing was quoted in Alan Greenblatt’s Politico article on the historic nature of the Freedom Caucus’s partisan positioning.  “I can think of a number of major examples throughout history where a party has had divisions of consequence.  It’s rare that those divisions would represent a position on the fringe of the


SENIOR FELLOW LAURA BLESSING IN SCHOLARSHIP

The October issue of PS: Political Science and Politics published Senior Fellow Laura Blessing’s piece “Practice and Theory: How Experiencing the Political Process Can Inform Scholarship”.  You can read the article here .