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Caps Hurt!

CSH has been working with our partners nationally and in the field to reverse budget caps and cuts imposed by our federal leaders through a process called sequestration (forced confiscation of funds). Although Congress is on summer break,...Show More Summary

How Much Of The National Black Chamber Of Commerce’s Budget Doesn’t Come From Fossil Fuels?

"NBCC has been shilling for the interests of big oil and and maybe coal and utilities interests going back nearly 20 years." The post How Much Of The National Black Chamber Of Commerce’s Budget Doesn’t Come From Fossil Fuels? appeared first on ThinkProgress.

U.S. Budgets Cash to Treat Heroin Abuse in Northeast

The Office of National Drug Control Policy announced it will spend $2.5 million to hire coordinators across 15 states to focus on the treatment, rather than the punishment, of addicts.

Aussie School of Music blows up again

Three years ago, Peter Tregear was brought in to calm down the Australian National University’s (ANU) School of Music in Canberra from which the teaching talent was flying out as fast as and wherever it could after a round of budget cuts. Peter succeeded. Canberra reverted to a modicum of quiet efficiency. Three months ago, Peter saw […]

Pacific Island links: PNG budget, Bougainville referendum, climate and more

John Garnaut in the Sydney Morning Herald compares PNG's budget deficit to the Greek economic crisis. PNG Prime Minister O'Neill defended his government's budget management and assured the nation the government will act to address the...Show More Summary

Five Reasons Why A National Balanced Budget Amendment Is Lunacy

A constitutional amendment to require a balanced federal budget is once again in the news: Constitutional convention sparking buzz, but odds still long As an economist, the only thing I find slightly encouraging about this is the part of the title that reads, “odds still long.” Requiring a balanced federal budget [...]

Spain Allocates 171 Million for Four Megadrones

The Spanish Ministry of Defense has outlined plans to spend 171 million euro ($187 million) on four 'mega-drones' in its budget plans for next year according to Spanish national daily El Pas. The outline specifies that the Spanish armed forces will purchase four highly capable unmanned aerial vehicles with the potential to carry missiles. Show More Summary

6 Tips for Back-to-School Shopping

David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesYou can get your student ready without breaking your budget. By Karen Cordaway According to the National Retail Federation, the average family will spend roughly $630 on kids in kindergarten through 12th grade and $899 for college students. Show More Summary

Greece needs €100bn debt relief as permanent depression looms: Think Tank

``In a stark analysis, the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) laid bare the impact of VAT hikes and strict budget targets that it said could become "self-defeating"... NIESR's recommended debt write-down is much...Show More Summary

Box Office: Tom Cruise's 'Mission: Impossible 5' Nabs Near-Record $20.3M Friday

Image from 'Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation,' courtesy of Paramount Pictures As I like to mention from time to time, Tom Cruise's peak stardom period (1992-2005) was at least partially an era when $60 million was a big budget, $200m worldwide was an unquestionable success, and a $35m weekend was huge for [...]

If You Like 'Mission: Impossible,' You'll Love 'Rogue Nation'

If you're the type of person who enjoys watching ridiculous, mind-blowing, totally bonkers stunts in big budget action movies, then you're in luck this weekend. That type of person will probably thoroughly enjoy "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation," the fifth film in the "M:I" franchise. Show More Summary

How National Lampoon Went From Making Jokes to Becoming One

Van Wilder was a good thing for National Lampoon. It was also a very bad thing for them. When the collegiate romp was released in 2002, expectations were modest. The movie had a budget of just $5M, Ryan Reynolds wasn’t yet a top-billed star, and, most damningly, the National Lampoon–branded... More »

Fringe Benefits Challenge New York School Budgets

Public elementary and secondary education in New York State is a $55 billion enterprise. Total spending on education in 2013 averaged $19,818 per student in New York, 85 percent higher than the national average of $10,700, exceeding all other states and the District of Columbia. Show More Summary

Is Jeb! Related to Angela Merkel?

Jeb! apparently thinks the U.S. needs spending cuts in order to get a balanced Federal budget, which sort of sounds like what Merkel has been insisting in terms of fiscal policy for the “Club Med” nations. I was wondering where this hate filled term came from and in my search I found this. Show More Summary

Australian Artists Outraged Over Government’s Massive Arts Budget Cuts

“‘We do not know which arts leaders we are cutting out of this nation’s future,’ writes celebrated Australian composer Liza Lim. ‘We damage the vibrancy, the diversity and inclusiveness of this nation’s art making … by attacking the seed-beds of arts endeavour through cuts of this scale.'”

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last monthUS Politics / Liberal : BlueNC

N.C. Budget Director prepares for possible, but unlikely, state government shutdown (National Law Review) -- State Budget Director Lee Roberts is querying N.C. agencies to determine which functions are critical for “health, safety and well-being” and must continue even if there is a state government shut-down. Show More Summary

New Low In IRS Service: Just 10% Of Possible ID Theft Victims Got Calls Answered  

It’s not news that the budget strapped IRS provided abysmal phone service this past tax filing season. But in her mid-year report to Congress, National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson disclosed what still qualifies as a startling failure.

Why does George Osborne hate women and Northerners?

George Osborne is actually boasting about how it will be women and Northerners who lose their jobs as a result of his national living wage: The chancellor, George Osborne, will respond to claims his budget welfare reforms hit the poor hardest by saying women and those based outside London and the south-east will be the […]

Ideas for the city's big spenders

New York City's budgeted expenditures in fiscal year 2016 are $78.5 billion, exceeding those of nearly every U.S. state and many of the world's developed nations. Yet we will struggle in the coming... To view the full story, click the title link.

Budget in review

2 months agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

The increase in the National Minimum Wage for over-25s to converge on the Living Wage was a masterstroke, one which finally recognised that businesses, regardless of ability to pay, tend to pay staff as little as possible. The increase will lead to the median wage increasing due to pay leads, so that £9.35 may well more...

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