Reclaim Article One and Budget Reform
Count the Cost of Tax Expenditures
Tax expenditures are carveouts and deductions riddled across budget functions to reward certain economic behavior or promote a policy outcome. Typically, though they are a tax deduction, they can operate very much like direct spending, add to the federal deficit, and are just as much a part of policy-making as any program or law. To increase transparency, avoid duplication and better understand the role of tax expenditures in the federal budget, they should be included as a specific line-item in the budget resolution.