Budget Matters Blog

Category: Social Insurance, Earned Benefits, & Safety Net

Primary Stakes: Federal Money Flows into Hard-Hit Michigan

National Priorities Project examines direct federal support to Michigan residents, and federal money in the state’s budget.

Coloradans Pay Hefty Taxes, Reap Considerable Benefits

Colorado residents will caucus today to decide their pick for the Republican nominee for president. Choosing a presidential candidate in part means caucus-goers will consider how they want the government to spend their federal tax dollars. National Priorities Project took a look at how much Colorado residents currently pay in ...

Budget Brief- Extending Unemployment Benefits

Senior research analyst Mattea Kramer explains how the proposed extension of unemployment benefits would help keep the economy afloat.

Data Story: Unemployment Versus Underemployment

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

The Shakedown on the Payroll Tax Cut Extension

In Monday’s budget brief, NPP’s senior research analyst Chris Hellman explained the payroll tax cut and President Obama's proposal to extend it. But the proposal is controversial—it's been criticized by both Democrats and Republicans. Republicans argue that President Obama must find a way to offset the tax cut by cutting ...

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.

Data Story: Food Insecurity and Food Stamps

Between 2008 and 2010, the percentage of food insecure households remained flat at 14.5% while the amount of money the federal government spent on the food stamp program rose 83%.

New Data: Food Insecurity

We've added a new indicator. Food insecurity: households with difficulty at some time during the year providing enough food for all members.

Data Story: Volusia County, FL

This week's data story is inspired by an activist from Daytona Beach, Florida

Updated Data: 38 Expenditures

38 datasets have been updated to reflect yesterday's release of the FY 2010 Consolidated Federal Funds Report, which tracks federal government expenditures or obligations.