Budget Matters Blog

Entries By NPP Intern

Summer Intern Profile: Christoph Demers

A look back at a busy few months from Christoph Demers, NPP's summer research intern.

The United States Of America: Going Once, Twice, Sold!

Throughout our history we’ve found confidence in the belief that the people’s voices, united, are stronger than any sum of wealth. Sadly, it appears that this is no longer the case.

The Ceiling is Raised, and the Real Work Can Begin

By presenting a bill to raise the government’s borrowing limit until March 2015 with no strings attached, Speaker Boehner finally admitted that the country’s bills must be paid on time.

Abandonment of the American Student

Spending cuts to public universities shifts the burden of providing higher education to family bank accounts, despite documented stagnation in median family income.

Loopholes: The Avenue To Our Regressive Tax Code

Seemingly, corporations and the most wealthy have found a way to pay taxes on a regressive scale (the more you earn, the smaller percentage paid) within a progressive structure. But how?

A Contract, Broken

About 1.3 million people lost extended unemployment benefits at the end of 2013. Since then 72,000 have had their compensation expire every week, totaling about 2 million jobless Americans without needed jobless assistance.

What’s in President Obama’s 2015 Budget, and Why Should We Care?

After getting through Congress, the final version of the budget will likely look very different from this initial blueprint; but the changes legislators make should reflect your priorities, not their political agenda.

Millennials: In the Workforce and On the Hot Seat

Now that Millenials are primary investors in the federal budget, shouldn't we have a say in what it looks like?

Food Stamp Cuts in the Time of Thanksgiving

The food stamps program (SNAP) continues to grow, even as the employment picture improves. Time for more SNAP cuts?

Thanksgiving Stories: Cutting Food Stamps

At the beginning of November, more than 47 million low-income Americans saw their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits reduced.