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  • Mitch McConnell Gives Fiscal Conservatives The BIG MIDDLE FINGER – [will] “Work With” Obama

    09/02/2015 6:59:40 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 22 replies
    Brietbart ^ | September 2, 2015
    Complete Headline: Mitch McConnell Gives Fiscal Conservatives The BIG MIDDLE FINGER – Announces Plans To “Work With” Obama On Budget…. In the unlikely event you can’t hear the sound of the Rhinoceros marching on bubble wrap directly behind you, it might be worth while getting a firmer grip on both your ankles [Snip] […] The Kentucky Republican said he would work with the White House to come up with budget levels to keep the government open past Sept. 30, conceding that President Barack Obama won’t sign a measure with a rider defunding Planned Parenthood.
  • Obama calls on Congress to pass budget without drama

    08/28/2015 3:33:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 27, 2015 6:15 PM EDT | Kevin Freking
    President Barack Obama is highlighting good economic news during a period of wildly erratic stock markets to make the case the United States remains an anchor of global strength. […] Obama is warning lawmakers not to keep the economy hostage over what he describes as ideological demands. He also says Congress will eventually pass the budget, so “let’s just do it without too much drama.” …
  • Medicaid: A Fifty-Year-Old Flimflam

    08/17/2015 4:57:33 AM PDT · by rootin tootin · 5 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 8/17/2015 | David Catron
    Recently, while most of the media obsessed over the antics of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the nation passed a significant milestone. Medicaid, the federal-state program meant to provide a medical safety net for the poor, turned 50. This anniversary was celebrated by progressives as proof that government-run health care really works. Few of these cheerleaders noted, however, that this once modest program has morphed into a budget-busting behemoth most of whose expenditures go to the middle class. They also neglected to mention the difficulties Medicaid patients face accessing care or that they experience worse health outcomes than the uninsured....
  • US Military Uses IMF & World Bank To Launder 85% Of Its Black Budget

    08/14/2015 3:21:47 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 8/14/15 | Tyler Durden
    Though transparency was a cause he championed when campaigning for the presidency, President Obama has largely avoided making certain defense costs known to the public. However, when it comes to military appropriations for government spy agencies, we know from Freedom of Information Act requests that the so-called “black budget” is an increasingly massive expenditure subsidized by American taxpayers. The CIA and and NSA alone garnered $52.6 billion in funding in 2013 while the Department of Defense black ops budget for secret military projects exceeds this number. It is estimated to be $58.7 billion for the fiscal year 2015. What is...
  • House GOP Appropriators Prepare for Sequester Showdown [Surrender]

    07/22/2015 7:58:40 PM PDT · by mrsmith · 47 replies
    Roll Call ^ | July 22 | Emma Dumain and Tamar Hallerman
    Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers, R-Ky., gathered his 12 subcommittee chairmen together to discuss next steps for the fiscal 2016 appropriations process that has ground to a halt on Capitol Hill with just 15 scheduled legislative days left to avert a government shutdown in September....House Democrats are rebelling against sequester caps, while Senate Democrats have filibustered consideration of any appropriations bill on their chamber floor. Meanwhile, President Barack Obama has threatened vetoes of every spending measure that adheres to the lower spending levels. ...Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., said his takeaway from Wednesday’s meeting was that appropriations cardinals should just “be ready to...
  • The F-35: Is the world's most expensive weapons program worth it? (DoD Obamacare)

    07/16/2015 8:12:53 AM PDT · by MadIsh32 · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | 07/15/2015 | Zachary Cohen
    Three years behind schedule and some $200 billion over its original budget, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program is finally set to become operational this month. The fighter jet has been in development for nearly 15 years, weathered half a dozen years of testing and experienced myriad hardware malfunctions and software glitches along the way. Once it's declared ready for combat, it will be the most expensive weapons system in world history. It will also be the most advanced in the sky. The F-35, also referred to as the Joint Strike Fighter, is touted as the most lethal and versatile...
  • Scott Walker signs state budget with 104 vetoes day before 2016 kickoff

    07/12/2015 9:51:35 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 7-12-15 | Mary Spicuzza And Patrick Marley
    Waukesha— As he prepared to kick off his presidential campaign, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed the state budget Sunday after using his veto powers to excise grants for conservation groups and a provision that would have given payday lenders new authority. Another change will give the Republican governor's administration more leeway to decide which food stamp recipients to test for drugs. In all, he vetoed 104 items from the budget — about twice as many as he did in the last two budgets he approved. The two-year, $72.7 billion spending plan doesn't raise taxes, freezes tuition at University of Wisconsin...
  • Walker Wins: New Budget Will Repeal University Tenure

    07/11/2015 4:11:24 PM PDT · by PROCON · 85 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | July 11, 2015 | Blake Neff
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is poised to win a huge victory on education as the state legislature passed a budget that repeals state tenure guarantees while also slashing the budget of the University of Wisconsin. The victory was enunciated by the acquiescence of the university, which recognized its defeat by passing a spending plan that implements Walker’s cuts. All that remains is for Walker to consummate his victory by affixing his signature to the budget. The two-year, $73 billion budget approved Thursday makes a host of changes Walker has sought in the realm of education. Wisconsin’s school voucher program is...
  • America, Like Greece, May End with a Lawless Whimper

    07/10/2015 8:45:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/10/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Barbarians at the gate usually don’t bring down once-successful civilizations. Nor does climate change. Even mass epidemics such as the plague that decimated sixth-century Byzantium do not necessarily destroy a culture. Far more dangerous are institutionalized corruption, a lack of transparency, and creeping neglect of existing laws. All the German euros in the world will not save Greece if Greeks continue to dodge taxes, featherbed government, and see corruption as a business model. Even obeying so-called minor laws counts. It is no coincidence that a country where drivers routinely flout traffic laws and throw trash out the window is also...
  • Need a quick summary of the state budget? Here it is (WI)

    07/10/2015 3:04:53 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 7-9-15 | Andrew Hahn
    Madison— The state Assembly approved a budget late Wednesday, sending it to Gov. Scott Walker's desk for his vetoes and signature. The Republican governor, who is preparing to launch his presidential bid on Monday, is expected to sign it within days. The budget includes: ■ ​A $250 million cut to the University of Wisconsin System over two years, $50 million less than Walker had wanted to cut. Walker also wanted to spin the university off as a public authority that would be free of some state rules, but his fellow Republicans in the Legislature rejected that idea. ■ A prevailing...
  • ‘Conservative budget’ passes amid bomb threat, rhetorical fireworks (WI)

    07/09/2015 5:47:23 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    Wisconsin Watchdog ^ | 7-9-15 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. — After a very long day interrupted by a “credible” bomb threat and punctuated by explosive political rhetoric, the state Assembly passed the $72.7 billion state budget. The two-year spending plan, arriving nine days late, now heads to the desk of Gov. Scott Walker – just four days before the Republican is expected to announce his bid for the White House. Eleven Republicans and all Democrats voted against the bill, but the Republicans’ largest Assembly majority since the Eisenhower administration held the day, with passage at a comfortable 52-46. The budget in short: Democrats hate it, Republicans can...
  • Hurrah for the Fourth of July!

    07/08/2015 11:57:01 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    Wisconsin Club for Growth ^ | 7-8-15 | Editorial
    Nobody should be more grateful than Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature for the recent holiday weekend, and not just because they needed a break from the stress of budget-writing—though it’s apparent they did. Things closing last Friday for the Saturday holiday gave the other 5.7 million Wisconsinites a chance to miss the Joint Finance Committee’s extraordinarily ill-advised effort to exempt most communications involving state lawmakers from coverage by open records law. This ham-fisted insult to government transparency was walked back before the weekend was half over, in hopes of minimizing the damage. Which is a good thing, but it leaves...
  • Scott Walker to have short time to sign budget before announcement

    07/08/2015 10:44:56 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 7--8-15 | No author identified
    Gov. Scott Walker will have to act in near-record time to sign the state budget before his presidential campaign announcement on Monday, but his Democratic predecessor signed budgets on the same timeline. Walker's office has not released a timeline for when or where he will sign the state budget and unveil his partial vetoes to it, but the Republican governor has repeatedly said that he wants the budget finished before he hits the White House campaign trail. The state Senate passed Walker's two-year $72.7 billion state budget just before midnight on Tuesday, and the Assembly is expected to send it...
  • Republicans make final push for prevailing wage reform this week (WI)

    07/07/2015 8:18:14 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    Wisconsin Watchdog ^ | 7-7-15 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wisconsin — State Rep. Rob Hutton led the Assembly effort this session to kill Wisconsin’s prevailing wage law, the wage inflator that has cost taxpayers untold billions over the past 8o-plus years. But the Brookfield Republican, perhaps seeing the writing on the wall — or the lack of votes in the Senate for full repeal — is getting behind a compromise amendment he says would go a long way to reforming prevailing wage. On Monday, Hutton announced he is co-authoring a proposal by state Sen. Frank Lasee, R-De Pere, that would repeal prevailing wage for all local units of...
  • N.J. Democrats to revive effort to restore $7.5 million Christie cut for women's health

    06/24/2015 7:05:59 PM PDT · by Coleus
    nj.com ^ | 06.22.15 | Susan K. Livio
    Democratic leaders will introduce a budget that once again includes $7.5 million Gov. Chris Christie eliminated five years ago for women's health services and led to the closure of six family planning centers, state Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg said.Christie said in 2010 he eliminated the funds as part of a wide array of cuts to close a budget gap. But in speeches to conservative groups in February and again last week, the Republican governor, who is mulling a bid for president, boasted he had "vetoed Planned Parenthood funding five times out of the New Jersey budget."Now that his true...
  • Proposed Budget Cuts Title X Funding to Abortion Providers

    06/23/2015 7:39:11 AM PDT · by Morgana
    cnsnews.com ^ | June 19, 2015 | Kathleen Brown |
    (CNSNews.com) -- House Republicans are pushing a budget proposal that cuts funding from Title X, the national family planning program enacted by former President Richard Nixon in 1970, because it allocates federal funds to abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood is the largest recipient of Title X funding, and also the nation’s largest abortion provider. The organization has been vocal about its opposition to the 2016 Fiscal Year budget proposal released by the House Appropriations Labor-Health and Human Services Subcommittee on Tuesday. Section 229 of the budget bill states that: “None of the funds appropriated in this Act...
  • Finally: GOP Looks to Squeeze the IRS

    06/11/2015 10:37:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 11, 2015 | Daniel Davis
    The IRS has been sitting in the GOP's crosshairs ever since 2013, when news of the targeting scandal broke.  But yesterday, Republican leaders took a step toward actually pulling the trigger.House Republicans proposed cutting the IRS budget by nearly eight percent. This came after the president had called for an 18 percent increase. The proposed cuts would shrink the agency's budget by $838 million, leaving it with $10.1 billion. That would put the IRS at 2004 budget levels. Some are expecting more proposed cuts once the bill hits the House floor.This level of spending cuts wasn't possible when Democrats controlled the Senate. Now that the...
  • How can Illinois fix its pension problems? Ask Wisconsin

    06/11/2015 2:19:06 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    Chicago Business ^ | June 11, 2015 | JOE LUPPINO-ESPOSITO
    Instead of looking to policymakers and accountants for help with state pensions, reformers across the country realize they need to hire a few more lawyers. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has to deal with serious pension problems after a unanimous state Supreme Court shot down the 2013 reforms of his predecessor. The Illinois Constitution does not allow cutting promised pension benefits, but Rauner seems willing to take the legal steps necessary to make the reforms stick this time around. Illinois is not alone. Reforms made by Oregon's state legislators in 2013 included a reduction in cost-of-living increases. But Oregon's Supreme Court...
  • Finance committee to consider Walker proposal to freeze stewardship land purchases

    05/29/2015 2:35:13 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | May 29, 2015
    MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin lawmakers are ready to vote on Gov. Scott Walker's plan to block the state Department of Natural Resources from purchasing any land through its stewardship program for at least the next 13 years. Walker's budget would place a moratorium on stewardship land acquisitions until the DNR's debt service on purchases already made drops to $1 for every $8 spent since the program began in 1989. The program won't reach that ration until 2028.
  • Scott Walker says $499 million 'structural surplus' is ahead

    05/26/2015 3:00:23 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Politifact Wisconsin ^ | May 26, 2015 | Dave Umhoefer
    The education funding cuts in Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed 2015-’17 budget rankled critics because at one point a nearly $1 billion surplus was projected for the start of that budget. Walker and fellow Republicans returned much of the surplus to taxpayers in 2014, and then slower-than-predicted growth in tax collections further boxed in the GOP entering the new budget cycle. Now, while campaigning for president, Walker eagerly touts his budget as fiscally responsible. He is even using the "S" word again -- surplus. "At the end of the budget we're debating right now for our next two years in my...
  • The Republican campaign to destroy the poor stoops to a new low [helping payments last longer]

    05/25/2015 10:49:19 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    http://www.salon.com/2015/05/25/the_republican_plot_to_destroy_the_poor/ ^ | May 25, 2015 | Heather Digby Parton, trying to mimic Joan Walsh
    Last week my colleague Simon Maloy caught us up with the latest on Kanses Gov. Sam Brownback’s famous Arthur Laffer “petri dish” experiment, in which he slashed taxes and government programs in order to usher in a Republican free market economic utopia. The experiment looks like it’s blowing up the lab: [T]he Brownback/Laffer tax scheme hasn’t goosed the Kansas economy and it doesn’t look like it will any time soon. It has succeeded marvelously, though, in redistributing wealth to the top of the income ladder, while, at the same time, screwing over the people at the bottom. While the rich...
  • GOP’s demonic new crusade:Right-wing zealots look for crueler ways to treat the poor like garbage

    05/25/2015 9:16:09 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 50 replies
    Salon ^ | May 25, 2015 | Joan Walsh
    [full title] GOP’s demonic new crusade: Right-wing zealots look for even crueler ways to treat the poor like garbage Happy Memorial Day! But if you’re in Wisconsin, and relying on food stamps, remember that Republicans don’t want you to have ketchup on your hamburger. They’d probably rather you didn’t have a hamburger at all, but Wisconsin farmers and ranchers have clout, and so proposed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program made room for Wisconsin products. But they still don’t want you to have “crab, lobster, shrimp, or any other shellfish.” Or ketchup. Or spaghetti sauce. Really. For now, that’s...
  • Privatization Fail: Scott Walker's WEDC in Full Meltdown (Is this Free Market economics?

    05/24/2015 11:46:40 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 92 replies
    PR Watch ^ | 5/18/2015 | Mary Bottari
    During the 2010 campaign for governor, Scott Walker promised to create 250,000 jobs in his first term. Toward this end, one of his first acts as governor was to privatize the state's economic development agency. Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) opened its doors in July 2011. After a series of damning audits, which highlighted mismanagement and incompetence, and news reports of special treatment for Walker donors, on Monday Democratic state lawmakers called for a federal investigation of the scandal-plagued entity. Walker is the Chairman of the Board When walker created WEDC in 2011, he named himself Chairman of the Board....
  • Senate Democrats Demand More Money for Amtrak Repair Backlog

    05/21/2015 11:15:54 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 21, 2015 | By JOAN LOWY
    Senate Democrats on Thursday demanded that Republicans provide more money for Amtrak so the railroad can tackle a $21 billion maintenance and repair backlog, including replacing tunnels more than a century old. Democrats at a news conference cited last week's deadly crash in Philadelphia and said the backlog is compromising safety and service. Democrats want to Congress to give Amtrak the entire $2 billion in subsidies the railroad requested for the budget year that starts Oct. 1. They say GOP lawmakers have starved the railroad financially for years. A Republican-controlled House panel approved a spending bill the day after the...
  • Wisconsin budget panel approves K-12 education package

    05/20/2015 6:02:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies
    Wisconsin Radio Network ^ | May 20, 2015 | Andrew Beckett
    Wisconsin’s K-12 public schools would see about $200 million more in state funding and the private school voucher program would be broadly expanded, under a sweeping package of changes approved by the legislature’s Joint Finance Committee. The 29-page proposal, released just hours before the committee voted on the changes late Tuesday night, would increase funding for public schools by about $70 million in the 2016-17 school year, while keeping about $127 million in funding for schools in place that Governor Scott Walker had proposed cutting. It would amount to a $250 per pupil funding increase over the course of the...
  • Long Beach - Governor’s Additional Funding for Schools and Undocumented Immigrants (trunc)

    05/14/2015 4:19:58 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    Long Beach Post ^ | May 14, 2015 | by KEELEY SMITH
    Governor Jerry Brown announced May budget revisions today that added $38 million in funding for the Long Beach-headquartered California State University (CSU) system, boosted community college funding by $600 million and provided $5 million in funding for application assistance for undocumented immigrants statewide.State Senator Ricardo Lara said Brown’s additional funding was a good start, but more needs to be done to help undocumented immigrants. Local officials responded to the news with measured enthusiasm. State Senator Ricardo Lara said Brown’s additional funding was a good start, but more needs to be done to help undocumented immigrants. “I applaud Governor Brown for...
  • McCaul: DHS Spending 'More Money' on Climate Change Than Combating Violent Extremists

    05/11/2015 10:00:53 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    CNS News ^ | 5-11-15 | Susan Jones
    Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, says the current "threat environment" is as high as he's ever seen it, and although the U.S. has "done a very good job" in preventing terror attacks in the U.S., he doesn't think the Obama administration "has done enough" to counter "homegrown violent extremism." McCaul noted that President Obama's budget "allocates zero dollars towards combating homegrown violent extremism. "In fact, within the Department of Homeland Security, more money, in fact, millions of dollars, are dedicated to climate change rather than combating what I consider to be one of the...
  • What price for lower tolls? (Baltimore Sun editorial)

    05/10/2015 12:13:05 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | May 7, 2015 | The Baltimore Sun
    hatever one might have thought about the Maryland Transportation Authority's decision to raise tolls four years ago, no one can say the two-phase proposal wasn't scrutinized from all angles or that the public wasn't given sufficient opportunity to ask questions or make comment. The same can't be said for the agency's decision to roll them back — in some cases below what they were before the last price increase. That secrecy and abrupt decision-making should give Marylanders pause about what's going on at the agency that owns and manages some of the state's most important — and costly — transportation...
  • Scott Walker in 2008: Too Many "Poverty Pimps" Use "Cycle of Dependency" For Political Control

    05/07/2015 8:20:30 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 28 replies
    Buzz Feed News ^ | 5/5/2015 | Christopher Massie
    Scott Walker said in 2008 that the government "needs to do more to give people freedom back" by fighting the "poverty pimps in our society," referring to government officials and community-based organizations that, he said, use poverty for political power. ...
  • Republicans pass first regular-order Congressional budget since 2009 (2010)

    05/06/2015 9:38:15 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 5-6-15 | Ed Morrissey
    Republicans promised to restore order to a dysfunctional Congress in the midterm elections. Yesterday, they delivered on that campaign promise, passing the first regular-order budget framework since 2009. It didn’t come easy, though: The 51-48 vote capped weeks of work by Republican leaders in the House and Senate, who shepherded the blueprint through a messy debate over defense spending that at times threatened to split their conferences. … Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had ripped Democrats for years over their failure to pass a budget, and said Tuesday’s vote shows his GOP majority is getting the Senate working again. “No...
  • Spurred by Scott Walker budget, parents rally for public school funds [Dems, teachers unions]

    05/04/2015 1:56:22 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | May 3, 2015 | Erin Richards, covers K-12 in urban and suburban Milwaukee, state politics re: education
    When Wauwatosa parent Darnelle Kaishian first heard about the K-12 budget cut in Gov. Scott Walker's biennial state budget proposal, she wondered: What would that actually mean for her schools? When she and some other parents heard that the cut would amount to about $900,000 for Wauwatosa next year and that art, some orchestra, an Advanced Placement course or school maintenance work could be trimmed, they sprang into action. Six weeks later, they've created websites and yard signs and T-shirts, knocked on doors, talked to neighbors and launched a letter-writing campaign that has blasted lawmakers with more than 2,000 pieces...
  • Revenues Fall Short, Leaving 2015 Budget In Deficit (Connecticut)

    05/01/2015 11:19:25 AM PDT · by BillyBonebrake · 11 replies
    Ct News Junkie ^ | April 30, 2015 | Christine Stuart
    Nonpartisan legislative analysts and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget office agreed Thursday that revenue dropped $67 million below expectations between January and April, adding to this year’s budget deficit. The increase in tax revenue anticipated following the April 15 deadline wasn’t realized, according to budget analysts. In fact, personal income tax collections fell $65.5 million short of projections. Office of Policy and Management Secretary Ben Barnes had forecasted 25 percent growth in personal income tax receipts.
  • Gov. Scott Walker addresses potential Natural Resources layoffs [science, media, education]

    04/23/2015 9:51:50 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | April 23, 2015 | Jason Stein
    Town of Grand Chute -- Gov. Scott Walker said his administration will continue to let science guide environmental policy in Wisconsin even if some scientists are laid off at the Department of Natural Resources. Speaking on Earth Day in this town near Appleton on Wednesday, Walker addressed notices of potential layoffs that have gone out to fifty-seven employees of the state Department of Natural Resources. DNR spokesman Bill Cosh has said that of that number, 27 employees are in the Bureau of Science Services, a unit of the DNR where Walker is proposing significant cuts. "We believe that science should...
  • Canada federal budget 2015: Tories slice out (small) budget surplus for pre-election books

    04/21/2015 4:27:57 PM PDT · by A Formerly Proud Canadian · 22 replies
    Post media News ^ | April 21, 2015 | Mark Kennedy
    With just six months before the next election, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s governing Conservatives have introduced a budget that offers attractive tax breaks for targeted voters and puts the country’s finances back into a precariously small surplus.
  • 27.49% of Everyone's Tax Bill Is Spent on Health Care

    04/16/2015 10:47:20 AM PDT · by free_life · 44 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | April 16, 2015 | Jeryl Bier
    Every year since 2011, the White House has used tax time to post a "Federal Taxpayer Receipt" showing taxpayers how their federal tax dollars are being spent. President Obama introduced the concept in his 2011 State of the Union address, and Wednesday the White House posted the fifth installment so taxpayers can see how "tax dollars are being spent on priorities like education, veterans benefits, and health care." While users can punch in their own tax liability and see dollar amounts assigned to each category, the figures are based on percentages from the prior fiscal year budget. Comparing those percentages...
  • Lawmakers abandon Scott Walker's proposed changes to DNR board

    04/15/2015 12:41:52 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    The Milwaukee Journal ^ | 4-15-15 | Lee Bergquist
    The leaders of the Legislature's budget committee on Wednesday abandoned Gov. Scott Walker's plan to strip the state Natural Resources Board and the state Agriculture Board of their policy-making powers. They also removed 13 other pieces of policy from Walker's budget, including one that would exempt research at the University of Wisconsin System from the open records law. Another one that was dropped would have had property assessment duties shifted from most municipalities to counties. In other action, the Joint Finance Committee voted to cut staff for Secretary of State Doug La Follette and reshape how courts are funded. Wednesday's...
  • Obamacare’s $800 Billion Tax Hike Explained in One Chart

    04/14/2015 9:25:43 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 8 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | April 6, 2015 | Alex Rendon
    April 15 is right around the corner, and millions of Americans will find themselves paying more in taxes than ever thanks to Obamacare. The law is more than a fundamental change to the country’s health care system. It also is a massive tax hike. As The Heritage Foundation’s Federal Budget in Pictures shows, according to the most recent scores, Obamacare will increase taxes by nearly $800 billion for the period of 2013-2022.
  • Dem lawmaker proposes euthanizing the disabled

    04/04/2015 3:06:20 PM PDT · by Kyle Olson
    The American Mirror ^ | 4/4/15 | Olaf Ekberg
    McDonald’s announced that over 90,000 employees will receive a pay raise effective July 1, 2015. After recent employee protests and slow sales, McDonald’s appears to be raising salaries to solve employee relation problems and improve it’s image with consumers.
  • GOP FINALLY HAS TOOL TO REPEAL OBAMACARE

    03/29/2015 8:45:13 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 53 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 29, 2015 | by Mike Flynn
    Last week, the GOP-led Congress passed a budget resolution which, Republicans claim, will balance the budget in 10 years. The resolution is a policy document, intended to guide the appropriations process, and doesn’t itself have the force of law. More important than the details of the budget document, the action sets up the GOP to finally match its action to its rhetoric and undo the worst aspects of Obama’s fiscal policies. Over the next two weeks, while Congress is in recess, the House and Senate will begin to hammer out small differences between the budget resolutions that passed each chamber....
  • Anatomy of a Budget: The Plans that Drew GOP Defections and No Dem Crossovers

    03/29/2015 6:59:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/28/2015 | Bill Straub
    WASHINGTON – Unless you consider words like “repugnant” and “dangerous” to somehow be complimentary, it’s obvious congressional Democrats are less than enamored with Republican plans for the federal budget.In the House on Wednesday, no Democrats voted for the bill and 17 Republicans crossed the aisle on the 228-199 vote. Usually it’s the fiscally conservative Dems who cross over to vote with the GOP.After a marathon session of amendments and a 3:30 a.m. vote, the Senate passed the budget 52-46, with Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) casting “no” votes (Cruz said it didn’t include “meaningful entitlement reform”)...
  • Republicans pass budgets in both House and Senate, trim $5.1 trillion in spending

    03/27/2015 7:17:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/27/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Remember when a disagreement between Republicans on the budget was “cataclysmic” for GOP claims to governance? Democrats last passed a normal budget resolution six years ago, but Republicans went all of seven days before both chambers finally passed budget resolutions. Our long national nightmare, at least as envisioned by Politico, is over: The Senate passed a Republican-authored budget plan early on Friday that seeks $5.1 trillion in domestic spending cuts over 10 years while boosting military funding.The 52-46 vote on the non-binding budget resolution put Congress on a path to complete its first full budget in six years. It...
  • House Approves Balanced Budget Plan (edit)

    03/25/2015 4:08:03 PM PDT · by JennysCool · 7 replies
    ABC News ^ | 3-25-2015 | ABC News
    Normally quarrelsome House Republicans came together Wednesday night and passed a boldly conservative budget that relies on nearly $5 trillion in cuts to eliminate deficits over the next decade, calls for repealing the health care law and envisions transformations of the tax code and Medicare.
  • War budget might be permanent 'slush fund'

    03/25/2015 7:20:00 AM PDT · by C19fan · 3 replies
    Politico ^ | March 24, 2015 | Jeremy Herb and Bryan Bender
    The practice of slipping unrelated or pet projects into spending bills for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — from new helicopters to fighter aircraft — has long been derided as deceptive and financially irresponsible. But now lawmakers have taken the budget gimmickry to a whole new level — no longer even pretending that billions of dollars in additional war spending would go to fight Islamic State militants and the Taliban.
  • Obama budget defeated 98-1 in Senate vote

    03/24/2015 7:36:04 PM PDT · by PROCON · 23 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | March 24, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    President Obama’s budget suffered its latest ignominious defeat when the Senate rejected it on a 98-1 vote Tuesday evening, capping off the first votes of the budget season. Democrats objected, saying the plan wasn’t really Mr. Obama’s, but Republicans said it had all the same numbers as the president’s blueprint, and so the vote counts as a rejection of his fiscal year 2016 plan. “This is the president’s proposed budget,” said Sen. John Cornyn, the Texas Republican who forced the vote by offering the amendment, complete with the tax hikes, spending increases and deficit targets Mr. Obama had projected in...
  • Let the Budget Battles Begin

    03/22/2015 10:09:41 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/22/15 | Alan Caruba
    Proposed budget represents a serious effort to enact reforms that are long overdue. These and other measures are needed to encourage economic growth, the heart's blood of the nation The announcement of a new fiscal budget for the U.S. government always sets the stage for struggles between the spenders and those trying to put some limits on the spending. The spenders usually win because politicians—particularly progressive ones—love to tap the national treasury in order to reward their supporters. As the Speaker of the House John Boehner said on the occasion of the March 17 announcement, “For 53 of the last...
  • Proposed GOP budgets make 'no sense’ to Obama

    03/21/2015 4:30:40 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 58 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 21, 2015 | Mark Hensch
    President Obama criticized potential GOP budgets from both Congressional chambers for relying on outdated economic ideas in a new interview released Saturday. Obama said neither House nor Senate Republicans impressed him with budgetary strategies they released earlier this week. The President faulted both versions for ignoring middle-class families. “So it is the classic trickle-down, top-down approach to economics that we know has failed,” Obama said of the two budget proposals in a Friday interview with The Huffington Post . “And the fact that we are putting this forward once again — with tax cuts for the wealthiest, so that the...
  • Hours after budget rollouts, Politico declares GOP impasse, “cataclysmic” consequences

    03/20/2015 7:39:13 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    hot air ^ | March 19, 2015 | Ed Morrissey
    The Republican-led House passed budget resolutions every year since taking control in the 2010 midterms, while Senate Democrats under Harry Reid refused to pass any at all for four years. After less than 24 hours, though, a Republican “failure” to come up with an agreement between the House and the Senate is not just “cataclysmic” already, but proof that the GOP can’t handle the “basic functions of governing.” Republicans handled it for four years while Democrats failed to perform the basic function of legislating, but somehow that didn’t get seen as “cataclysmic” for them at Politico. Maybe Politico’s analysts could...
  • Boehner plans to sideline House conservatives in budget battle

    03/20/2015 7:07:18 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 19 replies
    am thinker ^ | 3/20/15 | r moran
    Speaker John Boehner has made plans to bypass House conservatives and ram through two items opposed by the right. He will try and pass a budget deal, using a parliamentary manuever to speed passage. He is also planning a vote on the so-called Medicare "doc fix" he negotiated with Nancy Pelosi last week. Politico: If they’re able to clear the two measures, a battered leadership will go into the Easter recess with some pep in its step, as it tries to extend highway funding, begin work on annual appropriations bills and raise the debt ceiling. Not to mention, passing a...
  • Fiscal Conservatives Buck Leadership, Send Tighter Budget to Floor

    03/19/2015 9:42:36 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 3 replies
    rollcall.com ^ | 3/19/15 | Emma Dumain
    House fiscal conservatives took the upper hand — for the moment — Thursday in their struggle with Republican defense hawks for control of the GOP’s 2016 budget proposal. After 24 hours of uncertainty and stops and starts, the House Budget Committee voted along party lines, 22-13, to send a leaner spending plan to the House floor for a vote. GOP leadership had pressured Budget Chairman Tom Price, R-Ga., all week to find enough votes on his panel to boost the plan’s funding for the Overseas Contingency Operations account. Without that additional defense spending, many House Republicans said they wouldn’t support...
  • Obama criticizes GOP’s budget in Ohio speech

    03/18/2015 2:42:36 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 18, 2015 | By David Nakamura and Juliet Eilperin
    CLEVELAND — President Obama used this manufacturing hub — and important swing state — as the backdrop to draw a sharp distinction Wednesday with his Republican rivals over the economy, as both sides aim to frame the debate for the coming presidential race. The day after House Republicans unveiled their budget proposal — which would cut more than $5 trillion out of the federal budget over the next decade and balance the budget by cutting domestic programs — the president touted some of the very programs that would come under the GOP axe. Obama dismissed a House plan that “doubles...