Reviewing Tax Expenditures: Improving Transparency and Accountability in Over $7 Billion of Off-the-Books Public Spending

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Authors: Nicholas Defiesta

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Unlike spending on education, health and human services and other critical services, there will be no public debate on the $7.2 billion of revenue lost through tax expenditures in Fiscal Year 2017 — despite having grown by over 70 percent since 2000.

In order to ensure that government spending is addressing public needs in a cost-effective and equitable manner, our lawmakers should adopt a more robust evaluation and review process for all tax expenditures.