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Guest opinion: Baucus, Hatch change game for real tax reform

In the quarter century since Congress last reformed the Tax Code, back in 1986, it seems Washington has worked overtime to create the most inefficient and ineffective globally anti-competitive tax system humankind could dream up.

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Gazette opinion: Blank slate makes sense for tax reform

America’s tax code is broken.

July 16, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Simpson, Bowles again show path to no-nonsense budget

It is time for both Republicans and Democrats in Washington to make a deal to fix the nation’s debt.

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Alan Simpson: Out of the Senate, still outspoken

Alan Simpson: Out of the Senate, still outspoken

CODY, Wyo. — Alan Simpson has spent the better part of two years flying around the country ticking people off, though that’s putting it more politely than the former Wyoming senator does.

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Guest opinion: Simpson, Bowles plan makes sense for America

With the federal debt rapidly rising and elected officials repeatedly locked in partisan budget battles, Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson have once again presented the country with a more responsible path.

March 04, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Former Sen. Simpson offers plan to avoid cuts

Former Sen. Simpson offers plan to avoid cuts

POWELL, Wyo. — Former Sen. Alan Simpson is offering a new plan to avoid automatic spending cuts set to hit March 1 absent a bipartisan deficit-reduction deal.

February 22, 2013 11:11 am Photos

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Gazette opinion: Urgent work awaits president, lame-duck Congress

President Barack Obama, re-elected Tuesday, and the 535 members of Congress have urgent decisions to make about fiscal policy in the lame-duck Congress. Without action by Congress, on Jan. 1, income tax rates will rise back to pre-2001 levels for all income groups, the 2 percent payroll tax …

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Tester talks Bakken, budget, economy

Tester talks Bakken, budget, economy

The Bakken oil boom can be a moneymaker for Eastern Montana, but the torrent of business will prove too much for the community if it isn’t ready, said Montana U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, who thinks the federal government should be helping.

January 13, 2012 3:09 pm Photos

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Gazette opinion: Super flop follows many others on Capitol Hill

The failure of the Select Committee on Deficit Reduction is a disappointment, not a surprise. It looks like more of the same from a Congress so divided by partisanship and narrow interests that it will not tackle our nation’s biggest challenges.

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Fingers point in all directions after supercommittee's failure

HELENA — U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, one of 12 members of the failed supercommittee on deficit reduction, said Monday that Republicans’ insistence on shielding the wealthy from tax increases sunk any possibility of a bipartisan deal.

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Fingers point in all directions after supercommittee's failure

HELENA — U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, one of 12 members of the failed supercommittee on deficit reduction, said Monday that Republicans’ insistence on shielding the wealthy from tax increases sunk any possibility of a bipartisan deal.

November 21, 2011 11:00 pmLoading…

Gazette opinion: Supercommittee must act quickly to boost confidence

In the three weeks left to complete its deficit-reduction plan, the congressional supercommittee should take some bipartisan recommendations given Tuesday by four Americans who have extensively studied the nation’s debt crisis: Erskine Bowles, Alan Simpson, Pete Domenici and Alice Rivlin.

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Guest opinion: Nation needs strong leaders to end gutless gridlock

Guest opinion: Nation needs strong leaders to end gutless gridlock

John Nance “Cactus Jack” Garner was vice president under President Franklin D. Roosevelt. He observed that the vice presidency was about as satisfying as “a pitcher of warm spit.”

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City Lights: Disasters large and small await the unwary

Readers accustomed to turning to City Lights for incisive political commentary no doubt wondered how I could resist weighing in on the debt-ceiling “crisis.”

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E.J. Dionne Jr.: Ryan fires salvo in conservatives' war against moderation

WASHINGTON — Political moderates and on-the-fencers have had it easy up to now on budget issues. They could condemn “both sides” and insist on the need for “courage” in tackling the deficit.

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Simpson, Bowles: Balance tax cut extensions with other cuts

Simpson, Bowles: Balance tax cut extensions with other cuts

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The co-chairmen of President Barack Obama's deficit commission will urge top administration financial officials during a White House meeting Thursday to ensure that proposed Bush-era tax cut extensions won't raise the national debt.

December 08, 2010 11:45 pm Photos

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Simpson, Bowles find friendship through deficit commission

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Regardless of whether the work of President Barack Obama's debt commission does anything to reduce the national debt, the commission already has one achievement to its credit: a friendship between its two co-chairmen.

December 08, 2010 11:45 pmLoading…
Erskine Bowles, Alan Simpson

Erskine Bowles, Alan Simpson

Erskine Bowles, left, and Alan Simpson, co-chairs of the National Bipartisan Commission on Budget Reform and Fiscal Responsibility, listen during a national debt forum Wednesday in Cheyenne, Wyo.

December 08, 2010 11:45 pmLoading…

Gazette opinion: ‘Moment of Truth' reveals challenges U.S. leaders must meet

While Congress and President Barack Obama negotiate income tax rates for the next two years, Americans should take a look at a bipartisan proposal for long-term tax reform.

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Wyoming delegation doesn't endorse deficit plan

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — No member of Wyoming's congressional delegation has fully endorsed the recommendations of President Barack Obama's deficit commission that was co-chaired by former Wyoming Sen. Alan Simpson.

December 07, 2010 5:37 pmLoading…

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