TABLE OF CONTENTS
About the Roosevelt Instute
Leer from the Policy Director
Victor Zhao (CALS ‘16) 6
“Replacing the Employer Health Care Exclusion With Premium Support”
Replacing the employer health care tax deducon with a premium support plan will reduce health care costsand make the market fairer and more progressive.
Nicholas Toth (ILR ‘14) 9
“Stabilizing the Municipal Tax Base and Local Real Estate Markets through Public Finance”
This policy proposal oers a plan to reduce the risk of future foreclosures. By establishing a Bridge Loan Trust Fund, which would extend credit to homeowners and help them remain up to date on mortgage payments,municipalies can forfy their tax base and migate the impact of downturns.
Michael Lemm (HumEc ‘15) 12
“Smulang Economic Growth in Poor Communies Through Public Transportaon Subsidies”
income communies connue to fall behind with public transportaon resources that have been proven to smulate economic growth, it is important for Congress to create subsidies for public transit de-velopment in low
Ausn Opatrny (A&S ‘14) 15
“Quantave Easing Has Played its Role – Now Let it End”
Quantave easing is an emergency procedure that negavely distorts the money supply and should perma-nently cease in May 2013. It should be replaced with a policy that targets a nominal GDP growth rate.
Dylan Sco (A&S ‘14) 19
“Indexing the Gasoline Tax to Inaon”
Congress should index the federal gasoline tax to inaon to save the struggling Highway Trust Fund, dis-courage excessive fuel consumpon, and support mass transit programs.
Mary Eloundou Nekoul (A&S ‘14) 21
Commitment Mechanism as a Supplement to Obesity Tax”
With nearly 2/3 of American adults overweight or obese, obesity has become a naonal concern. This pro- posal advocates a two
step approach to tackling obesity: taxes and pre
commitment contracts. This govern-ment program raises revenue, decreases negave externalies and is conngent on personal responsibility.
Said Israilov (HumEc ‘13) 25
“Eliminate the Home Mortgage Interest Deducon”
The regressive nature of the mortgage interest tax deducon disproporonately benets wealthy Ameri-cans. Eliminang it will make capital allocaon more ecient, increase the progressivity of the tax code,and reduce the decit.
Michael Wodka (A&S ‘13) 28
Income Workers to Save for Rerement”
Making the Savers Credit, a federal tax credit for low
income workers, fully refundable would incenvize 45million more Americans to save for rerement and improve their current and future income security.
Serin Choi (A&S ‘14) 32
“Expanding Parcipatory Budgeng in New York City”
Parcipatory budgeng, a process that allows the whole community to formulate proposals on how toallocate funds and permits the whole community to vote on the implementaon of the proposals, should beulized more within New York City.