A People’s Guide to the Federal Budget

NPP Pressroom

For Immediate Release

Mattea Kramer, 413.824.2026 (c)
Jo Comerford, 413.559.1649 (c)

A People’s Guide to the
Federal Budget

by Mattea Kramer & National Priorities Project
Foreword by New York Times best-selling author Barbara Ehrenreich

A comprehensive and engaging resource on what every American should know
about how our government raises and spends our tax dollars

Northampton, MA – From history of the budget process to detail about the ongoing conflict in Washington, from charts explaining where every federal dollar goes to simple explanations of budget terminology, A People’s Guide to the Federal Budget covers it all in a way everyone can understand.

Released to coincide with the heated 2013 federal budget debate and the 2012 presidential election, A People’s Guide to the Federal Budget includes an extensive glossary, political cartoons, and up-tothe-minute numbers and explanation of President Obama’s 2013 budget request. The guide is for every American who wants to participate in a process that affects all of us. It serves as a foundation for the novice, a reference tool for a more advanced audience, and is perfect for use in high school and college classrooms.

Said best-selling author Barbara Ehrenreich, “This year the president, the entire House of Representatives, and one-third of the Senate are up for re-election...The officials we elect in November will have the opportunity to re-shape our country for years to come. If we’re to have any hope of navigating the federal budget process and understanding the complex decisions our elected officials will make in future years, we need this book. A People’s Guide to the Federal Budget is our way in.”

National Priorities Project (NPP) is a non-partisan, non-profit research organization that makes our complex federal budget transparent and accessible so people can exercise their right and responsibility to oversee and influence how their tax dollars are spent. Find The People's Guide online at nationalpriorities.org/budgetbasics/peoples-guide/. Mattea Kramer is a senior research analyst at National Priorities Project. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post and The Christian Science Monitor. Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of fourteen books, including the bestselling Nickel and Dimed, Blood Rites, The Worst Years of Our Lives, and Fear of Falling, which was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award. She is a frequent contributor to Time, Harper’s, Esquire, the New Republic, the Nation, and the New York Times.

A People’s Guide to the Federal Budget
By Mattea Kramer and National Priorities Project
Foreword by Barbara Ehrenreich
Release date: 18 May 2012
Interlink Books, an imprint of Interlink Publishing Group, Inc.
Current Affairs/Politics/Economics • 5½” x 8½” • 244 pages
ISBN 978-1-56656-887-6 • $15.00 paperback

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