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In addition to providing broad-based tax relief, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act created Opportunity Zones (OZs), drawn from legislation introduced by Senator Tim Scott (S.293) and former Representative Pat Tiberi (H.R.828), the Investing in Opportunity Act. OZs encourage long-term private capital investment to revitalize low-income areas.

Nov 15 2018

November FOMC Review

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The economy’s resurgence, driven by pro-growth regulatory reform and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, has enabled the Federal Reserve to normalize interest rates, i.e., get them to a level that is more consistent with historical norms, and to start shrinking its balance sheet. To realize the full effects of pro-growth policies, the Fed must essentially “thread the needle”: Some additional interest rate hikes may be warranted as the economy continues to improve, but they should not be so rapid as to disrupt the recovery.
Obamacare forced Americans to buy government-approved health insurance—a federal command known as the individual mandate—and enforced it by taxing people who are uninsured. Since the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act ended the tax (beginning in 2019), reality has defied every doomsday prediction.

Oct 29 2018

Q3-2018 GDP Review

RGDP growth averaged 3.0% over the last six quarters compared to the Obama Administration’s 2.2% recovery average despite its predictions that faster growth was no longer attainable. Likewise, take-home pay (real disposable income—inflation-adjusted income after taxes) is growing faster. It has averaged 2.7% over the last 6 quarters compared with an Obama-era recovery average of 2.3%. The improved economic outlook reaffirms that common-sense pro-growth policies work.