Budget Matters Blog

Entries By Becky Sweger

The Role of Federal Money in Your State

NPP recently examined the role of federal money in Iowa and New Hampshire. Key data in this report came from our Federal Priorities Database and are available to anyone interested in researching other states: Federal Aid to Individuals (1993-2010) Federal Tax Collection (1998-2010) Federal Aid to Individuals Using a report from ...

New Data: Federal Aid to Individuals

Our new-ish General Budget category now has its second dataset: Federal Aid to Individuals: total federal dollars spent directly on or on behalf of individuals.

Data Wednesday: Table View

The latest Data Wednesday installment shows you how to view Federal Priorities Database search results in a table.

End of Year Cleanup

We're getting ready for 2012 by doing a little cleanup in the Federal Priorities Database.

Data Wednesday: Adjusting for Inflation

In the latest Data Wednesday piece, we continue last week's topic of comparing data over time by showing how to adjust Federal Priorities Database search results for inflation.

Data Wednesday: Time Traveling on the Map

In the third installment of our weekly look at NPP's Federal Priorities Database, we discuss how to display historical data using the map.

Data Story: Unemployment Versus Underemployment

What's the difference between unemployment and underemployment, and how does a long-term economic downturn affect their relationship?

Data Wednesday: Interpreting the Map

The second Data Wednesday installment discusses the map that displays search results from the Federal Priorities Database. We'll show you what to look for and how to find and interpret the numbers.

Budget Brief: Proposed Payroll Tax Cut Extension

In the latest installment of our weekly Budget Brief videos, senior research analyst Chris Hellman explains the payroll tax cuts enacted last year, the proposed extension of these cuts into 2012, and the debate over how to pay for them.

New Data: Federal Tax Collection

We've added a new category to the database, General Budget, and loaded its first dataset. Federal Tax Collection: gross federal tax collections by state (split out by total taxes collected, business taxes collected, and individual taxes collected.