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Mike Lee

Republicans tap their own tax mavens for 2016

WASHINGTON When it comes to tax policy, Republican presidential candidates have a holy grail: tax cuts that pay for themselves by unleashing economic growth. In 2012, the dominant voice when it came to judging candidates' proposals from Herman Cain's 9-9-9 plan to Rick Perry's flat tax was the Tax Policy Center, a Washington nonprofit jointly backed by the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute. Its leaders and advisers include prominent Democrats and a few Republicans. In the final months before the election, it released a study suggesting Mitt Romney's tax claims didn't add up. President Barack Obama seized on the report, using it to argue that...

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