Budget Matters Blog


How Much Could We Buy With a 70% Top Marginal Tax Rate?

How much could our federal government pay for if the top marginal tax rate was raised to 70 percent?


Tell Congress to Use Their Power: No National Emergency at the Border

The president will declare a national emergency in order to commandeer federal funds to build his wall, according to reports today.


Deja vu: Four Days Until Shutdown

It's deja vu all over again.


Trump Budget Delayed By Shutdown

The president’s budget request, which is legally due on the first Monday in February, will be late this year as a direct result of the government shutdown.


It’s Time to Demilitarize Our Budget to Fight Climate Change

While the Trump administration fixates on a militarized non-solution to the non-crisis at the border, the real crisis is staring us in the face: accelerating climate change. And demilitarizing the U.S. budget is part of any real climate solution.


Border Solution Must Not Include a Wall

It’s time to end this shutdown once and for all, and it’s time to end the fiction that Americans want or need a wall at our border.


Is the End of the Shutdown Near?

It’s day 33 of the shutdown. An announcement Wednesday by House Democrats offered yet another possible solution to the ongoing government shutdown battle over the president’s demand for $5 billion for a border wall. 


Longest Shutdown Ever

Congress has the power to make things right, but it would take a bipartisan stand against the president. 


Shutdown Day 19, and the Real Crisis

What would it look like if a president proposed spending just $5.7 billion out of the whole $1 trillion budget to solve a few real crises: health insurance, climate change, retirement savings, and student debt?


Shutdown Day 14

If anyone wins, let’s hope it’s the majority of Americans who want nothing to do with border walls or shutdowns.