Federal Budget Analysis

President Trump's 2021 Budget Prioritizes the Pentagon

Feb. 10, 2020

President Trump released his fourth budget proposal today, and the priorities are crystal clear. Just four agencies rate spending increases in the Trump 2021 budget: the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Treasury Department. From Agriculture to Education, and from Commerce to State, every other federal agency would face cuts under the president’s proposal. Across the board, the Trump budget prioritizes brute force and military solutions over humanitarian and diplomatic ones.


A Unified Budget to Demilitarize America, At Home and Abroad

Jan. 7, 2020

NPP's Ashik Siddique addresses the Congressional Progressive Caucus Summit to explain how we could safely shift as much as $350 billion per year away from the Pentagon by ending the endless wars, closing 60% of foreign bases, cutting unnecessary weapons, and much more.


Poor People's Moral Budget: Everybody Has the Right to Live

June 17, 2019

In the seven sections of the Moral Budget, we look at policies and investments for seven critical areas of the Poor People’s Moral Agenda.

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Tax Day 2019

April 11, 2019

Tax Day is April 15, 2019. Want to know what your taxes pay for, and who pays what?

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Nine Things To Buy Instead of a Border Wall - Graphics

Jan. 23, 2019

We're in the longest government shutdown in American history, all because of a political standoff over the border. What could we buy with $5 billion instead of a border wall?


Souls of Poor Folk

April 10, 2018

The Souls of Poor Folk is an assessment of the conditions and trends of poverty today and of the past fifty in the United States. 


Tax Day 2018

March 22, 2018

Tax Day is April 17, 2017. Want to know what your taxes pay for, and who pays what?

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Trump Budget Request Takes Military Share of Spending to Historic Levels

Feb. 15, 2018

By 2023, the final year included in President Trump's budget request, military spending would make up 65 percent of the federal discretionary budget, compared to 54 percent in 2018.


Trump's FY2019 Budget Request Has Massive Cuts for Nearly Everything But the Military

Feb. 12, 2018

The president's priorities are clear: ever-increasing funds for the Pentagon, nuclear weapons and Homeland Security, and massive cuts to almost everything else.


The Souls of Poor Folk: A Preliminary Report

Dec. 4, 2017

To support this modern-day Poor People’s Campaign, the Institute for Policy Studies has produced an analysis of the campaign’s four core issues: racism, poverty, the war economy/militarism, and ecological destruction.