Budget Matters Blog

Category: Budget Process


Budgeting by CR – Déjà Vu All Over Again

Just like last year, the new fiscal year began on October 1, 2011 with no federal budget in place. And just like last year, the U.S. government is being funded through a Continuing Resolution (CR) – temporary spending legislation that provides funding at current levels for any federal agency whose ...

New Study: Income Gap Grows

According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) between 1979 and 2007 income for the top 1 percent of households grew by 275 percent. The next 19 percent of households saw their income grow by 65 percent. Income grew 40 percent for the next 60 percent of households. The bottom 20 ...

What would the next generation do with $1 trillion?

It seems that these days, everyone has an opinion about how our federal budget should be spent, cut or balanced.     Youth are disproportionately affected by budget cuts, but often don't have a voice in the debate -- until now.   The American Friends Service Committee and National Priorities Project ...

Money Out—Also, Money In

There’s so much talk these days about federal deficits and cutting spending. So we at NPP thought it would be good to talk about tax revenues—the other half of the budget picture—and not just about spending (For some background on how the budget works, check out the People’s Guide to ...

Sunlight Makes Government Accountable

Sunlight Foundation is working for a "Super Committee" process that is more transparent and has developed five recommendations: Provide a live webcasts of all official meetings and hearings Make available the Committee's report for 72 hours before a final committee vote Disclose every meeting held with lobbyists and other powerful ...


What the Bush Tax Cuts Cost

$1,034,401,772,556. That’s the cost to the U.S. Treasury since 2001 from Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 5 percent of Americans—as of the moment I started writing this blog post. National Priorities Project and Citizens for Tax Justice today released CostOfTaxCuts.com, a site that has a real-time ticker showing the ...


Taking Back the American Dream

This week I (Mattea Kramer, research analyst here at NPP) traveled to Washington to the Take Back the American Dream conference. What did I learn? I learned that the American Dream Movement is about Shannon McLeish and others like her. Shannon and I ate cheese quesadillas together on Monday night. ...

Build a Better Budget: Send Your Priorities To Congress Today

Right now our elected officials are trying to balance the federal budget on the backs of the most marginalized Americans. This crusade to drag government into the bathroom and drown it will, over time, result in the erosion or near eradication of programs that safeguard our collective well-being. Four years ...

Kyle Announces NPP's "One (Bumpy) Year in the Life of the Federal Budget" – and Some Fun Stuff

Followers of "Ask Kyle" may be surprised to see this, as our good friend and colleague Kyle Andrejczyk posted his last post on September 12. But so many people found Kyle's work to be so helpful in explaining the craziness that went on this summer in Washington around the federal ...

We hear you Mr. Norquist but we will not yield!

Here we go again. For the second year in a row, Congress will not complete the federal budget process in time for the October 1 turn of the fiscal year. Last year, we were dragged through eight painful continuing resolutions lasting until mid-April – leading ultimately to decreases – largely ...