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March 17, 2017

There’s an $18 billion hole in President Trump’s “skinny” budget:  it calls on Congress to cut this year’s funding for non-defense discretionary programs by $18 billion but gives no hint about which programs the President wants to cut.

Most press coverage of the skinny budget has focused on the White House proposals for fiscal year 2018 — big increases in defense funding...

Budget Process - Money Puzzle Pieces
March 17, 2017

President Trump’s new budget would push huge additional costs to states at a time when most of them lack the revenue to pay for current services.  Low-income families would be particularly hard hit, as the budget eliminates or deeply cuts funding for a wide array of state programs and services that help these families overcome hard times and rise into the middle class. 

The budget...

Budget of the U.S. Government, FY 2017
March 16, 2017

President Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) proposes deep cuts in every state in rental assistance for families and other aid for the nation’s poorest urban and rural communities, which would increase homelessness and other hardship across the country.

Overall, the President...

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March 16, 2017

New Mexico lawmakers yesterday rescinded the state’s resolutions of decades ago calling for a national convention to amend the U.S. Constitution. That’s important because other states – misled by arguments from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and other groups – are calling for a convention...

U.S. Map
March 14, 2017

President Trump plans to propose large cuts in the number of federal employees, news reports suggest, even though...

Civilian Federal Employment at Historically Low Level
March 9, 2017

The Trump Administration’s fiscal year 2018 budget request for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will likely propose deep cuts in rental assistance for families, as well as other aid for the nation’s poorest urban and rural communities, a Washington Post...

Apartment Complex
March 8, 2017

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts reaffirmed his opposition yesterday to block-granting SNAP (formerly called food stamps), saying a block grant is “not the answer,” “SNAP...

93 Percent of Federal SNAP Spending Is for Food
March 1, 2017

Wyoming lawmakers passed a resolution this week asking Congress to call a constitutional convention to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution related to federal spending. Proponents claim that Wyoming is the 29th state to make such a...

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February 28, 2017

President Trump’s plan to cut foreign aid and development assistance deeply to help pay for higher defense spending is unwarranted: the relatively modest U.S. spending on Official Development Assistance (ODA) — which comprises most U.S. foreign aid — already lags...

E Pluribis Unum Budget
February 27, 2017

President Trump’s plans to raise defense funding by $54 billion in 2018 and cut non-defense discretionary (NDD) spending — which funds key priorities like education and job training, clean water, scientific and medical research, veterans’ medical care, and homeland security — by the same amount would lower NDD funding by 11 percent below this year’s level. 

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