Budget Matters Blog

Entries By Mattea Kramer

Tax Day 2014: GE's Tax Loopholes and Unemployment Benefits

This year's Tax Day brings startling numbers about how tax loopholes allowed General Electric to avoid paying billions in taxes.

Congress May Extend Corporate Tax Breaks But Not Unemployment Benefits

If you want a story about the illogic that rules Washington, look no further than this.

Federal Spending Matters in Your State

Does the federal budget affect lunchtime for the kids in your neighborhood? You might be surprised at the answer.

Where Did My Tax Dollars Go?

It's that time of year. Taxes are due on April 15. But where do our tax dollars actually go?  Here's the answer.

The President's Budget in Pictures

Today we released The President's 2015 Budget in Pictures, a series of colorful charts telling the story of the priorities in the president's budget.

The Pentagon’s Phony Budget War, Or How the U.S. Military Avoided Budget Cuts, Lied About Doing So, Then Asked for Billions More

How the U.S. Military Avoided Budget Cuts, Lied About Doing So, Then Asked for Billions More 

National Priorities Project Reacts to President's Fiscal Year 2015 Budget

President Obama today released his $3.9 trillion fiscal 2015 budget proposal, a plan that includes new manufacturing institutes, job training, and the president’s signature initiative of universal pre-kindergarten education. Here are the highlgihts of what the budget contains.

Secretary Hagel's Cuts Don’t Translate into Less Spending

Yesterday Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel gave a major speech at the Pentagon, and a bold headline ran in The New York Times announcing that the Pentagon would shrink the Army to pre-World War II levels. While the speech did announce cutbacks in a number of military programs, the Pentagon isn’t planning any major reductions in spending any time soon.

Debt Ceiling Deadline 2014

A few glimmers of hope came from Washington in recent months. Lawmakers agreed on a bipartisan budget resolution. 

What President Obama's State of the Union Said about Your Priorities

Yesterday we published your priorities for the State of the Union – what you told us, by social media and e-mail, that you wanted the president to tackle in his speech.