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We the People Fix the Budget

A couple of years ago, the New York Times gave us “O.K., You Fix the Budget,” which allowed readers to plug in their own tax hikes and cuts and tinker. The enterprising readers who did so were a self-selecting bunch. We wanted to know how a broad and ... read more

How to Fix the Swamp Monster Federal Budget

No one wants to talk about how and where to save. On our current course, trillion-dollar deficits will begin within the year and continue indefinitely, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The interest payments on the debt are set to outpace the ... read more

Will there be a special session to fix Louisiana's budget? 'It's up in the air'

because too many people need to know if they will get funding well the budget year begins July 1. Trying to fix the problem after the session won't give hospitals, college students and people with disabilities enough time to prepare for budget cuts that ... read more

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House poised to expand private care at VA, fix budget crisis

Some House Democrats say the VA will not be able to handle the costs of what would be the newly combined "community care" program that includes Choice and other VA programs of outside care, putting the VA at risk of unexpected budget shortfalls next year. read more

A reality check on Trump’s big idea to fix the budget.

The Republican candidate on Monday promoted his plan to purportedly save the government $100 billion over eight years. It involves cutting all federal spending on climate change programs, both domestic and international. “We’re going to put America ... read more

Fix Oregon's budget before the job-stealing robots arrive: Editorial Agenda 2017

One thing is clear: the presentation lends new urgency to the imperative that Oregon's elected leaders tackle the state's long-standing budget woes. Unless the state addresses its skyrocketing spending and its volatile revenue stream, Oregon will never be ... read more

How To Address States’ Budget Deficits: Performance-Based Outcome Budgeting

Legislators must act now to fix the broken budget process and end overspending. This requires tough decisions that impact powerful (and sometimes popular) special interests in education, Medicaid and public sector salaries and benefits. Unfortunately ... read more

Louisiana Legislature adjourns special session early, doing nothing to fix budget crisis

The Louisiana Legislature gave up on addressing the state's budget crisis Monday (March 5) and adjourned two days before their special session was scheduled to end Wednesday, having done nothing to fix the problem. "Over the next several months we are ... read more

As Christie flees, we're left in budget crisis. Here's how to fix it | Editorial

We can't have cops retiring with $500,000 in unused sick and vacation days. Pension and health costs were projected to explode to 28 percent of the budget by 2025, if we don't fix them. But we need to carefully increase taxes as well, in ways that don't ... read more

Why Uncle Sam Fails to Fix His Finances

David Wessel (L), the author of “Red Ink: Inside the High-Stakes Politics of the Federal Budget,” speaks withTreasury Secretary ... it should be a technocratic debate over how to fix the troubled balance sheet of the American republic. read more


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