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April 25, 2018

Lawmakers of both parties have criticized the Administration’s announcement that President Trump will soon ask Congress to cut (or “rescind”) funding that policymakers have previously enacted for appropriated programs, arguing that would undermine the recent bipartisan deal to fund the government for 2018 and 2019. The President...

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April 17, 2018

As this week’s New York Times vignettes from teachers themselves show, school funding debates in states across the country must include an important piece of the funding puzzle: money to build new — and repair old — schools. Improving the schools in which children learn is one key to...

Capital Spending for K-12 Schools Well Below 2008 Levels
April 11, 2018

House Judiciary Committee Chair Bob Goodlatte’s proposed constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget, which the House will vote on tomorrow, has many serious drawbacks:

It would hurt the economy.  By requiring a balanced budget every year, no matter the state of the economy, the balanced budget amendment (BBA) proposal would risk tipping a weak

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FY17 Budget
April 9, 2018

New Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projections show that the budget outlook has deteriorated significantly, but that doesn’t justify unwise spending cuts or an economically damaging balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

CBO now projects that the deficit will top $1 trillion...

Budget Plans - Chartbook
April 9, 2018

The problems with a constitutional balanced budget amendment, which the House will vote on this week, go far beyond the significant economic harm it could cause. For instance, its requirement that policymakers offset federal spending in any year with revenues collected in...

Trump Budget FY 2019
April 4, 2018

Some congressional Republicans want to force votes to cut (or “rescind”) billions of dollars in non-defense spending from the 2018 government funding bill Congress passed on a bipartisan basis last month, according to press reports.  Doing so would renege on the recent bipartisan budget...

Non-Defense Discretionary Funding Increases Under Bipartisan Deal Yet Remains Below 2010 Level
March 29, 2018

The Trump Administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census will not only reduce responses by immigrants and thereby make the count less accurate, experts say, but it also could trigger new costs that offset part of the added census funding that the President and Congress just provided....

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March 23, 2018

The 2018 government funding bill, which the House and Senate have now passed, doesn’t include enough Internal Revenue Service funding.

2018 Funding Budget Continues Multi-Year Squeeze on IRS Budget
March 15, 2018

The House Higher Education and Workforce Development Subcommittee this morning discussed the supposed merits of implementing and expanding work requirements in basic assistance programs, with some lawmakers claiming they would help jobless workers land a job and achieve financial independence. But taking away...

President's 2019 Budget Freezes State Job Training Grants
March 14, 2018

Senate Democrats’ new Jobs & Infrastructure Plan for America’s Workers would invest roughly $1 trillion in public transit, roads, schools, water treatment plants, housing, and other critical infrastructure to create better-paid jobs, boost broadly shared economic growth...

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