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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....

Magnifying Glass on Chart
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...

Man Building House
March 1, 2018

President Trump’s latest requests for 2018 and 2019 Census Bureau funding are too low to ensure an accurate 2020 census, as I wrote recently. One point deserves further attention: an underfunded, poorly executed census could hurt a diverse range of communities, leaving them...

High Risk of Census Undercount for People of Color, White Rural Renters
February 28, 2018

The purchasing power of Pell Grants for low- and moderate-income college students stands at its lowest level in more than 40 years, with the maximum grant covering just 29 percent of the cost of attending a four-year public university or college. Unless President Trump and Congress act, that decline will likely accelerate in the coming academic year when the grant’s automatic inflation...

End of Indexing Will Worsen Pell Grants' Already Shrunken Share of College Costs