Can a Dividend Tax Cut Juice Growth?

While the Bush Admininstration mulls the details, advocates and critics are battling over the strategy's effectiveness

When President Bush unveils his new "jobs and growth" package in January, a key element will be tax relief for investors in dividend-paying stocks. Proponents believe easing the tax bite on investors' dividend income would spark the stock market -- and put more jingle in consumers' pockets. That cash, they argue, could keep the expansion from flagging.

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