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Engage with Andy Busch

Engage with Andy Busch

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February 06th 2015:Budgets, taxes, and spending: The looming fiscal fight in Washington

This week on Engage with Andy Busch, we discuss Obama’s newly proposed budget, tax reform, and the potential impact of these policy changes. This stuff matters because it impacts everything from your tax bill to your job. For our first segment, we have Potomac Research’s Greg Valliere to cover the likelihood of Obama’s new tax proposals getting passed. In segment two, Chris Edwards of Cato institute gives us an analysis of the proposed tax increases. In segment three, we have former U.S. Senator Bob Bennett to discuss changes in death and estate taxes. In our final segment, we have Emerson El

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Greg Valliere

With over 30 years of experience in covering Washington for institutional investors, Greg Valliere coordinates political and economic research. He focuses on how Congress and the White House shape fiscal policies and monitors the Federal Reserve Board’s interest rate policies. Prior to joining Potomac Research, Mr. Valliere served as Chief Policy Strategist for Soleil Securities Corporation. He previously held key strategy roles at Charles Schwab’s Washington Research Group and The Washington Forum. Mr. Valliere co-founded The Washington Forum in 1974, serving as Chief Political Analyst and editor of the group’s publications, and ultimately as Research Director. He began his career in
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Chris Edwards

Chris Edwards is the director of tax policy studies at Cato and editor of He is a top expert on federal and state tax and budget issues. Before joining Cato, Edwards was a senior economist on the congressional Joint Economic Committee, a manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers, and an economist with the Tax Foundation. Edwards has testified to Congress on fiscal issues many times, and his articles on tax and budget policies have appeared in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and other major newspapers. He is the author of Downsizing the Federal Government and co-author of Global Tax Revolution. Edwards holds a B.A.
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Bob Bennett

Senator Bennett is a senior policy advisor at Arent Fox who works with a wide range of international clients. Since joining the firm, he has advised clients in the areas of tax, transportation, and energy. Senator Bennett served three terms in the US Senate from 1992–2011 representing the state of Utah. Over his 18-year tenure, Senator Bennett earned the respects of his colleagues and the reputation as a lawmaker who offered creative and common sense solutions to issues important to both Utah and the nation. As a member of the Republican leadership team, Senator Bennett served as counsel to Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, advising him on legislative strategy and policy priorities. A
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Jim Carter

Jim Carter is Vice President of Government Affairs at Emerson, a diversified global manufacturing and technology company based in St. Louis, Missouri. In addition to managing federal and state government affairs for Emerson, Mr. Carter’s lobbying portfolio ranges from tax and fiscal policy to international trade and federal regulation. Prior to joining Emerson, Mr. Carter served in the Bush and Clinton Administrations, as a senior staff member on the Senate Budget Committee, and as an economic/tax policy advisor to former Senators John Ashcroft and Connie Mack. Jim has served as a Deputy Undersecretary at the Department of Labor, a Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Department of Treasu
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