Spending

  • 02.12.18

    What Trump Proposed Cutting in His 2019 Budget

    This article from the Washington Post outlines President Trump's budget proposal. It describes that "To pay for additional defense spending, the border wall and an infrastructure plan, funding would be cut from many executive departments and agencies, including big cuts at the Environmental Protection Agency and ...Read More

  • 02.08.18

    Our Federal Budget Priorities

    Last week, the Federal Government shut down. While it is back up and running again, the "continuing resolution" did not solve the problem. The underlying issue is not just the tradeoff between a path to citizenship for young undocumented immigrants and funding a border wall. It is also, more basically, coming up ...

    Last week, the Federal Government shut down. While it is back up and running again, the "continuing resolution" did not solve the problem. 

    The underlying issue is not just the tradeoff between a path to citizenship for young undocumented immigrants and funding a border wall. It is also, more basically, coming up with a federal budget that reflects our national priorities. 

    In the Budget Control Act of 2011, Democrats and Republicans agreed to match changes in defense spending with changes in domestic spending. Currently, Republicans in Congress are demanding that the Federal Government spend as much as $180 billion more in defense spending.

    This joint video by the Sanders Institute and Inequality Media outlines this complicated issue.

  • 01.20.16

    National Health Expenditures 2015 Highlights

    This article from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services looks at healthcare spending in the U.S. through two different lenses: Health spending by type of service or product, and health spending by major source of funds....

    This article from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services looks at healthcare spending in the U.S. through two different lenses: 

    Health spending by type of service or product, and health spending by major source of funds.

  • 11.12.14

    How the U.S. Government Could End the Student Debt Crisis Today

    This article from Yes! magazine looks at student loans in the United States from a different perspective. Student loans are an increasingly large issue in the United States "In the United States, student loan debt has passed the $1 trillion mark. The burden is now becoming increasingly heavy for middle-class and ...

    This article from Yes! magazine looks at student loans in the United States from a different perspective. 

    Student loans are an increasingly large issue in the United States "In the United States, student loan debt has passed the $1 trillion mark. The burden is now becoming increasingly heavy for middle-class and wealthy students, but especially for those from lower-income backgrounds." This article argues that it does not have to be.

    "At a basic level, the U.S. federal government doesn’t need to scrimp and save to fully fund higher education. It can just spend money rather than lend it, without incurring any significant negative economic consequences."

    This concept stems from an economic theory: "Many economists known as “deficit owls ” have argued for decades that the U.S. federal government doesn’t need tax revenues or bond payments in order to spend money on education or anything else. Rather, the true limits to federal spending are the availability of real resources and the stability of prices."