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    Holzer says documented immigrants would bring more money into the U.S. treasury. “They would pay the full range of taxes on their incomes," he explains. "And that would be a net plus. The numbers were quite striking on that.”

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  • The right response to 'no' on immigration

    Battling for a higher minimum wage would test the Republicans’ newfound love for the salt of the earth. Are they willing to embrace an idea endorsed by seven in 10 Americans? Or do they retreat to Romney’s rhetoric privileging “job creators” over workers?

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  • Search for D.C.'s next CFO takes shape

    Alice M. Rivlin, the Brookings Institution fellow and former presidential budget director, said “six to eight” candidates are under consideration as the process moves to the interview stage. Rivlin and former mayor Anthony A. Williams are leading the blue-ribbon search committee, which will make recommendations to Gray, who will then select a nominee for D.C. Council confirmation.

  • Rivlin: Bleak Long-term Deficit Problems Persist

    Alice Rivlin, Washington’s premier budget expert, has long championed an idea near and dear to the heart of President Obama: A “Grand Bargain” of spending, entitlement and tax agreements that would put the government on a long-term path to economic stability. But after years of partisan gridlock on Capitol Hill, bruising battles over the debt ceiling and taxes, and a gradual improvement in the economy and the deficit picture, Rivlin sees little impetus for a major budget or tax deal later this year.

  • Advocates Urge More Government Oversight Of Medicaid Managed Care

    “The quality of the monitoring and the quality of the managed care really varies from state to state,” said Joan Alker, a co-executive director of the Center on Children and Families at Georgetown University who studies health policy. “This is important because we want to have accountability for our taxpayer dollars. These are very vulnerable populations and sometimes not getting the services they need is a matter of huge import.”