New CTJ Report on the Unemployment Bill: Must Everything Involve Tax Cuts?

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On November 6, President Obama signed H.R. 3548, the Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009, which provides a much-needed extension of unemployment benefits. Around 400,000 workers exhausted their unemployment benefits at the end of September and far more would have exhausted them by the end of this year without this extension. As a report from CTJ explains, it is still unfortunate that the price of providing this necessary help is tax breaks to corporations and to the housing industry.

Sadly, Congress did not think that helping the unemployed during the worst recession in decades was worthy enough to do without larding the bill up a bit with tax cuts. One is a tax cut that will benefit people who buy a residence and who would have done so whether or not a tax cut was offered to them. The second will essentially give unprofitable companies cash with no strings attached.

Read the report.

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