Federal Budget Analysis

Analysis of the Fiscal Year 2011 Budget Agreement

April 13, 2011

Quite literally at the 11th hour on Friday, April 8, narrowly averting a government shutdown, Democratic and Republican congressional leaders and President Obama reached agreement on a spending bill that will fund the federal government for the last six months of Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, which ends on September 30, 2011. The agreement is actually two bills – a seven day Continuing Resolution to allow time for the last minute work needed to enact the full spending package, and a Continuing Resolution (CR) that funds government, unless otherwise specified, at FY2010 levels for the remainder of FY2011.


The President's Budget to the Chairman's Plan

April 6, 2011

On April 5, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) released “Path to Prosperity,” his budget proposal for FY2012, with projections through FY2021. The plan cuts $6.2 trillion in spending over the next decade from the budget projections released with President Obama's proposed budget for FY2012. NPP provides a two-page analysis of the Chairman's proposal, looking at the proposed cuts in FY2012, long-term funding, deficit projections and significant proposed policy shifts for major federal programs like Social Security and Medicare.


Taxday 2011

March 22, 2011

National Priorities Project offers you several ways to learn about how the federal government spent each 2010 federal income tax dollar. Find out what other revenue sources were used to pay our nation’s bills in 2010.

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President's Budget 2012: Values By The Numbers

Feb. 18, 2011

National Priorities Project offers four detailed analyses of President Obama’s $3.7 trillion budget for Fiscal Year 2012 focused on: expenditures, revenue and deficits, the impact of federal spending on the states and a detailed FY2012 budget overview with a selection of actual and projected revenue and spending charts.

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Analysis of the Fiscal Year 2012 Pentagon Spending Request

Feb. 15, 2011

On February 14, 2011 the Obama Administration released its proposed Fiscal Year 2012 budget for the federal government. As part of this budget, the Administration is seeking $553 billion in funding for the Department of Defense, not including funding for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan or the nuclear weapons related activities of the Department of Energy.


The Numbers Behind President Obama's “State of the Union” Address

Jan. 26, 2011

Article II, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution requires the President to “from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” President Obama's 2011 “State of the Union” address covered a broad range of policy and budgetary issues. NPP looks at the numbers behind some of the major topics covered by the President.


NPP's New Trade Offs Tool Shows the Magnitude of Federal Spending

Aug. 24, 2010

With all eyes on our nation's budget, National Priorities Project (NPP) has overhauled its Trade Offs Tool designed to clarify the magnitude and localized impact of federal spending programs. The tool estimates FY2011 spending for select federal programs for individual states, counties, congressional districts, and towns. It then represents these dollar amounts in terms of localized costs of alternative goods and services such as police, teachers, or care for military veterans.


A Host of Updates for NPP's Federal Priorities Database

June 2, 2010

National Priorities Project has updated all state-level data in its Federal Priorities Database with the latest available federal government data. This database offers a collection of federal spending data accompanied by budget area indicators.


U.S. Jobs and the Economic Crisis: Local Impacts and Federal Initiatives

April 30, 2010

A jobless recovery...State and local budget crises...Federal spending and tax policies...New jobs legislation on Capitol Hill. They all affect you. This packet of resources provides current state and local data to help you understand the depth of the problems confronting your state and community, and see the local impact of federal policies.  


NPP's Federal Budget 101 Charts: Spotlight on FY2011

April 26, 2010

National Priorities Project has updated its Federal Budget 101: Budget Charts with data from the FY2011 budget.