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  • Conflict analyst: EU would have ‘second most powerful military on Earth’

    05/21/2016 10:44:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    EurActiv ^ | May 20, 2016 | Catalina Guerrero, euroefe.es | Translated by Samuel Morgan
    The EU would have “the second most powerful military” in the world if its members pooled its resources, insisted the co-director of the Institute of Studies on Conflict and Humanitarian Action in an interview with EurActiv Spain. “If we added the capabilities we have in the EU together, we would automatically become the second most powerful military force on Earth and the reason we aren’t is because there is no political will. This is because each national government would rather be the head of a mouse rather than the tail of a lion,” said Jesús Núńez, a conflict analyst. …
  • The Sixty Three Hundred Billion Dollar Question

    05/17/2016 4:52:01 AM PDT · by detective · 17 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | May 17, 2016 | Sundance
    Just because the so-called “conservative” and “liberal” punditry and politicos refuse to answer this question, doesn’t mean we should stop asking it. In 2009 President Obama along with congress passed the roughly $900 billion stimulus bill, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The “non-shovel ready” spending took place within fiscal year 2010/2011. The amount is significant because the injected stimulus was 30% more than the entire federal budget for the same year.
  • First Senate Appropriations Bill Passed Spends More Than Obama Requested

    05/12/2016 3:54:32 PM PDT · by milton23 · 23 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 5/12/16 | Philip Wegmann
    The U.S. Senate’s first spending bill of 2016 spends more than President Barack Obama requested and lacks significant conservative amendments, but it still sailed to passage in the Republican-led Senate Thursday. An overwhelming number of U.S. senators on both sides of the aisle approved the energy and water development appropriations bill by a vote of 90-8. Conservatives had objected to the higher spending levels and lack of policy riders in the weeks leading up to the vote.
  • Herb McMillan: Democrats try to handcuff Hogan

    05/09/2016 12:33:05 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The Capital Gazette (Annapolis) ^ | May 9, 2016 | Herb McMillan
    Ancient Rome declined because it had a Senate; now what's going to happen to us, with both a Senate and a House?" — Will Rogers Most Marylanders are wondering the same thing. This year, the liberal majority in the Senate and House launched a fiscal attack on Gov. Larry Hogan's efforts to balance the budget, reduce the deficit and cut taxes. Their goal: to handcuff Hogan and prevent him from doing the job we elected him to do. Fencing and mandated spending are the manacles Senate President Mike Miller and House Speaker Mike Busch are using. Here's how they work....
  • After 10 Years of Deficits, How One District Escaped Being Dissolved

    05/06/2016 10:47:13 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/1/2016 | Tom Gantert
    For years, Ecorse Public Schools was a poster child for claims of ineffective oversight of school finances by the Michigan Department of Education. Despite laws that require school districts to balance their annual budget, and rules that require offenders to eliminate deficits within two years, Ecorse spent more on operations than it collected in revenue for 10 consecutive years. Only one other school district has managed to stay out of balance for as long (New Haven Community Schools in Macomb County). But by June 2015, the district had eliminated its $661,000 deficit and projected a positive balance — $343,000 —...
  • Here's how much was spent to stop Trump from winning the nomination

    05/04/2016 8:40:16 AM PDT · by detective · 25 replies
    Msn Money ^ | May 4, 2016 | Jacob Pramuk
    Donald Trump will likely become the Republican presidential nominee after a decisive victory in the Indiana primary and the departure of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz on Tuesday night.
  • Actually, Hillary Clinton Is A Fiscal Conservative -- Look It Up

    05/03/2016 6:44:35 AM PDT · by Cyberman · 35 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 05/03/2016 | Catherine Rampell
    Suppose you're a hardcore fiscal conservative. You don't give a hoot about social issues, and you don't follow any of this nonsense about identity politics or insiders and outsiders. All you care about is getting the nation's fiscal house in order. Are you sitting down? I hope you’re sitting down. Because the candidate you should vote for might surprise you. According to a new report from the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, the most fiscally conservative presidential contender left standing is . . . Hillary Clinton. Seriously....
  • State's Priority: Defend Its Budget

    04/26/2016 8:45:22 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/23/2016 | Michael LaFaive
    The Michigan state agency in charge of government programs to attract and subsidize businesses, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, runs a “Pure Michigan” ad campaign with annual spending of $33 million. The program has been criticized as a pure corporate welfare handout to the Michigan travel and leisure industry. The MEDC's response has been to seek to refute the criticism, suggesting that its own budget, rather than an independent evaluation of its programs' effectiveness, is the key consideration of its officials. As described by previous articles in this series, the MEDC has granted several no-bid contracts to a Canadian company...
  • Saudi Arabia Approves Economic Reform Program

    04/25/2016 6:40:41 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | April 25, 2016 | Margherita Stancati and Dahlia Kholaif
    RIYADH—Saudi Arabia, crimped by low crude prices, approved Monday a long-term blueprint for the kingdom’s economic transformation aimed at reducing its dependence on oil. The multiyear plan, dubbed “Saudi Vision 2030,” was approved by the cabinet, according to Saudi Arabia’s monarch, King Salman. The Saudi cabinet, in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency, said the government’s economic council would be in charge of overseeing the vision’s implementation. Saudi officials later Monday were to present a broad overview of the country’s most extensive economic shake-up in decades. The steep drop in oil prices has given new urgency to...
  • Pure Flummery: Seeing Double on Corporate Welfare Spin

    04/15/2016 12:53:26 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/14/2016 | Michael LaFaive
    Background Previous articles in this series have documented the secrecy surrounding what have been called “budget justification” reports purchased through no-bid contracts by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation from a company called Longwoods International. (See “Pure Michigan Puffery” Parts I and II as well as “Puffery or Proof?”) Longwoods produces very similar products for agencies in at least eight other states, claiming high returns from taxpayer-funded tourism ads. The MEDC is this state’s agency in charge of business subsidy and assistance programs. Last year it got a $33 million appropriation to run its “Pure Michigan” ad campaign. The agency would...
  • Bill meant to redirect highway money to state general fund

    04/10/2016 9:06:15 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    KSNT ^ | April 10, 2016 | Chris Arnold
    WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — A statewide, month long initiative to put the clamps on a Senate bill is underway. Senate Bill 463 is aimed at redirecting highway money to the state general fund. This weekend, the Kansas Contractors Association is running ads targeting lawmakers to get them to just say no. It’s called Detour Greenlight and it’s pointed to 24 legislators they believe detour, or normally vote against protecting road and bridge funding. It also names some who they say are for strong spending on roads. “To redirect the little bit of sales tax that goes into the pot to...
  • Jerry Brown signs $15 minimum wage in California

    04/04/2016 11:37:19 AM PDT · by EagleUSA · 104 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 4/4/2016 | David Siders
    Gov. Jerry Brown, casting a living wage as a moral imperative while questioning its economic rationale, signed legislation Monday raising California’s mandatory minimum to $15 an hour by 2022, acting within hours of a similar bill signing in New York. The bill’s enactment comes one week after Brown, Democratic lawmakers and labor leaders announced an agreement on the wage increase, averting a brawl on the November ballot. [snip] California political leaders and labor have struck a deal to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour over the next seven years. One excited fast food worker hugged Gov. Jerry Brown...
  • Here’s how to really make America great again

    03/30/2016 12:59:55 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    Market Watch ^ | March 17, 2016 | Jeff Reeves
    What the heck is wrong with us? On Wednesday, Washington, D.C.’s entire Metro subway system shut down with almost no notice to perform emergency inspections, just days after a cable fire “crippled” three lines. The nation’s second-busiest rail system has been plagued by safety problems in recent years, including a 2015 incident where smoke from an electrical malfunction killed one person and a deadly 2009 crash on the system’s Red Line that killed nine people. And with a new Metro chief that has been vocal about returning to a culture that puts safety first, many say that Wednesday’s move is...
  • Metro Shutdown Highlights Risks of Democratic Transportation Autopilot Formula Proposal

    03/24/2016 7:45:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    MCGOP ^ | March 22, 2016 | Mark Uncapher
    In an unprecedented move to protect Washington Metro riders’ safety, the entire transit system was closed for a day last week in order to conduct emergency inspections of electric cables. This had to be done, since a rash of fires, fatalities and other breakdowns has raised concerns about the 40-year-old rail system’s continued capacity to deliver safe, reliable service. Currently the Metro Rail fares cover only a portion of its operating expenses. The system is completely dependent on its parent jurisdictions for paying any capital costs. Without state support, the necessary money would not be available. Few events better highlight...
  • New Bill Fixes a Pension Problem, Leaves Major Problem Untouched

    03/24/2016 8:57:04 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/21/2016 | James Hohman
    Rep. Pat Somerville (R-New Boston) introduced a bill last week that would prevent local government employees from using overtime and other extra compensation to boost their taxpayer-funded pension benefits. The bill could can lower the costs of those benefits and make them more predictable, but unfortunately it will do little to contain the runaway costs of an underfunded pension system. The problem with public pensions in Michigan is not how generous they are, but how politicians tend to kick the costs of funding them into the future. When public employees work for one year, they earn credit towards a pension...
  • House Budget Plan: It’s The Spending, Stupid

    03/17/2016 3:18:26 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 16 replies
    Inestor's Business Daily ^ | 03/16/2016 | Staff
    Fiscal Policy: House Republicans have a budget plan that would balance the budget in 10 years entirely through spending cuts. But it’s not likely to go anywhere because of the $30 billion in extra spending this year.
  • Poor Cities Don't Equal Underfunded Public Schools

    03/07/2016 10:05:39 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/2/2016 | Tom Gantert
    Rick Joseph, the 2016 Michigan Teacher of the Year from Birmingham Public Schools, wrote a column for Bridge Magazine in which he cited funding as one of the big problems facing Detroit Public Schools. Joseph cited poverty as another factor that has an impact on school performance. The Michigan Department of Education doesn't factor in a student's economic background when evaluating student achievement. School rankings published by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy do adjust for student backgrounds, however, as do similar ones from the Center for Michigan, which publishes Bridge Magazine. The Birmingham teacher also wrote about the important...
  • Unions are Super PACS

    03/02/2016 9:15:24 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/29/2016 | Jack Spencer
    An unexpected burst of plain speaking recently swerved the race for the Democratic presidential nomination off the customary narrative. Howard Dean, the former head of the Democratic National Committee and candidate for the party's 2004 nomination, not only admitted but asserted that labor unions are super PACs. While on the campaign trail, Dean — a Hillary Clinton supporter — described unions as super PACs while attempting to counter suggestions that Clinton was beholden to Wall Street, after collecting significant sums for speeches at financial industry events. “Why does Hillary Clinton have to put up with a double standard?” Dean asked....
  • Hospitals Cutting Jobs While Obama Continues to Throw Away Billions to This Industry

    03/01/2016 6:48:54 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    Constitution.com ^ | March 1, 2016 | Dave Jolly
    During the 2008 presidential campaign, Sen. Barack Obama began peddling his national healthcare system. On more than one occasion, he pointed to Canada and the United Kingdom as examples of a workable national healthcare system. When I first heard him point to them, I instantly thought of Rachel, a work acquaintance who lived and worked in the United Kingdom. She was experiencing abdominal pains and having problems eating for months before England’s National Health Service doctors finally diagnosed the problem to be her gall bladder. The doctor said it needed to be removed. However, from the time they wrote the...
  • Lawmakers Consider Bills on Bikes, Historical Markers, and Skunks

    02/26/2016 10:27:55 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    Memphis Flyer ^ | February 25, 2016 | Toby Sells
    Tennessee's rule factory is cranking at full tilt, and Nashville lawmakers want to tell Memphians how to pay for bike lanes, what monuments we can move, and whether or not we can own skunks (seriously). No gas tax for bike lanes A new bill would prohibit spending any gas tax revenues on bike lanes, pedestrian walkways, and "other non-vehicular facilities." Portions of the state gas tax are required to go to cities and counties. Those governments sometimes use the gas tax funds for matching dollars to get federal money for bike and pedestrian projects. The new bill says all of...
  • Pension Funds See 20% Spike In Deficit

    02/14/2016 8:04:37 AM PST · by Lorianne · 13 replies
    Argus Obsever ^ | 14 February 2016 | Ted Sickinger
    Oregon Treasurer and Portland mayoral candidate Ted Wheeler issued a statement last week noting that the state pension fund’s investment returns were 2.1% in 2015. That beat the Standard & Poor’s 500 index and topped the performance of 88% of comparable institutional investment funds. What Wheeler’s statement didn’t mention was that investment returns for the year still fell 5.6 percentage points below the system’s 7.75% assumed rate of return for 2015. That’s terrible news for public employers and taxpayers. It means the pension system’s unfunded liability just increased by another 20% — growing from $18 billion at the end of...
  • Politician Tell a Reporter She's a B**ch on Camera

    02/02/2016 7:49:02 PM PST · by Morgana · 21 replies
    ktrh.com ^ | February 2, 2016 | Michael Berry
    Politician Tell a Reporter She's a B**ch on Camera VIDEO ONLY ON LINK warning language.
  • Hit Rewind: Union Trots Out False 'School Cuts' Claim (Again)

    01/29/2016 1:12:18 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/28/2016 | Tom Gantert
    The president of the Detroit Public School teachers union made what has now become a clichéd and erroneous claim when she said the state has been cutting money to state education. Ivy Bailey, the interim president of the Detroit Federation of Teachers, wrote in a Jan. 15 column that appeared in The Center for Michigan’s Bridge magazine: "State lottery money for education just replaces (but doesn’t add to) state education funding. The state has been cutting school funding for years." ForTheRecord says: State funding for K-12 schools has increased every year under Gov. Rick Snyder. And the state lottery is...
  • Bank of Japan introduces negative interest rates

    01/28/2016 9:43:05 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    CNN Money ^ | January 28, 2016: 11:29 PM ET | Jethro Mullen
    The Bank of Japan is stepping up its efforts to kick-start the country's struggling economy by taking interest rates into negative territory. The central bank announced Friday that it will introduce an interest rate of minus 0.1% and will go even lower if needed. In theory, negative rates encourage consumers to save less and spend more. They can also weaken a country's currency, helping exporters. ...
  • Oil crash sends Dow diving 500 points

    01/20/2016 10:13:11 AM PST · by Signalman · 33 replies
    cnnmoney ^ | 1/20/2015 | Matt Egan
    The Dow plunged 540 points on Wednesday after crude oil plummeted another 7% and crashed below $27 a barrel. The S&P 500 slumped 3.5% to its lowest intraday level since October 2014. The Nasdaq is down another 3.5%. It's the latest blow in what's already been the worst start to a year on record for the stock market. The Dow is now down more than 11% in 2016. "Despite improving valuations, global equities continue to get hammered," Bespoke Investment Group wrote in a client note. The firm said the appetite for risk remains "awful." Turmoil in China and the crash...
  • Pentagon: 2 U.S. Navy Boats Held by Iran Military

    01/12/2016 1:30:18 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    NBC News ^ | 01/12/2016 | by JIM MIKLASZEWSKI and COURTNEY KUBE
    Iranian military forces seized two U.S. Navy boats Tuesday and are holding them in custody on Iran's Farsi Island in the middle of the Persian Gulf, senior U.S. officials told NBC News. Officials said it's unclear whether the 10 American sailors aboard one of the small riverine boats had strayed into Iranian territorial waters before they were captured. The officials said the Americans were on a training mission around noon ET when their boat experienced mechanical difficulty and drifted into Iranian-claimed waters and were seized by Iranian Coast guard. The crew was described as being safe. Following reports of the...
  • Steve forbes: Three Gems In That Horrible Spending Bill Passed By Republican Congress

    01/06/2016 8:04:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Forbes ^ | 01/06/2016 | Steve Forbes
    HOUSE SPEAKER Paul Ryan and other Republican congressional leaders are being pilloried by GOP activists for pushing through a $1.15 trillion spending bill laden with pork and a bewildering array of tax credits (including one for plug-in motorcycles). This junks up an already mind-numbingly complex tax code even more. "This is what we get from a Republican-controlled Congress?" they angrily ask. Alas, with Barack Obama still in the White House, a divided GOP in the House (which gave Democrats bargaining leverage, since their votes were needed for passage) and the specter of a government shutdown if no bill was passed...
  • Marco Rubio on missing omnibus vote: “In essence, not voting for it is a vote against it”

    12/18/2015 1:52:47 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/18/2015 | AllahPundit
    Two questions. One: Is he right? Two: Given that he’s been pounded for weeks for missing Senate votes, does it matter?On the first question, the answer is “depends.” You all know that it takes 60 votes to invoke cloture, i.e. prevent a filibuster, and move to a final vote on a bill. That number doesn’t change depending on how many senators show up for the vote. As people who know Senate rules better than I do pointed out to me on Twitter, the rule on cloture says it can only be invoked “by three-fifths of the Senators duly chosen...
  • Here's Rubio's statement on the spending bill he didn't show up to vote for.

    12/18/2015 11:42:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Twitter ^ | 12/18/2015 | Mallory Shelbourne
  • Reid spikes the football: 'Successful year for Democrats'

    12/18/2015 11:40:07 AM PST · by Zakeet · 14 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 18, 2015 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Senate Democrats on Friday boasted that they successfully managed to get just about everything they wanted in a massive spending and tax cut bill, despite being the minority party in both the House and Senate. "Months ago, Democrats called on Republicans to work with us to craft a budget agreement. We wanted to get rid of sequestration, we were able to do that," said Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. [Snip] "The legislation caps off a successful year for Senate Democrats," Reid said.
  • Rubio misses spending bill vote

    12/18/2015 9:40:30 AM PST · by grimalkin · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/18/2015 | Jordain Carney
    Sen. Marco Rubio missed Friday's Senate vote approving a massive $1.8 trillion end-of-the-year spending bill and tax package - a day after he suggested that he could try to slow the legislation down. The Florida Republican, who is running for president, was the only 2016 contender to miss the vote, which is the Senate's final vote of the year. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), three other presidential candidates, all voted against the the legislation.
  • WH Praises Spending Deal With GOP Congress: 'We Succeeded'

    12/18/2015 9:06:49 AM PST · by marktwain · 26 replies
    cns news ^ | 17 December, 2015 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - The White House objects to a few Republican provisions in the omnibus $1.1-trillion spending bill, but overall, "We succeeded," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters on Wednesday. "So we walked into these negotiations focused on making sure that Republicans would not succeed in advancing their ideological agenda through the budgetary process, and I think, based on all of the solid reporting work that you have done over the last several weeks, there were a variety of attempts that Republicans undertook to try to do exactly that, and we did succeed in fighting off those efforts. What is...
  • Why One Congressman Voted "NO" On The Massive, Wasteful Omnibus Bill

    12/17/2015 10:44:50 AM PST · by Zakeet · 25 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | December 17, 2015
    Paul Anthony Gosar is an American Republican politician and member of the United States House of Representatives from Arizona since 2011, representing Arizona's 4th congressional district. Yesterday, Gosar took to his Facebook page to expose the reality of the massive Omnibus Spending Bill... and who is to blame... Why I Am Voting NO on the Massive Omnibus Spending Bill: Once again I find myself shaking my head at the wasteful spending in DC and a flawed process that drops thousands of pages of text on us with 48 hours to "read" and understand. I wish I could put all the...
  • Omnibus Bill: Search in Vain for the Regulatory Relief

    12/17/2015 1:40:20 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    National Review -- The Corner ^ | 12-16-15 | Ian Murray
    There are certainly some good things in the Omnibus Spending/Tax Extenders bills that dropped early this morning (though I thought this Congress was elected to stop this kind of legislation-by-crisis). Unfortunately, what's not in the bill suggests Congress missed several opportunities to rein in the Obama administration's regulatory overreach. My tax policy colleagues think the good outweighs the bad. The provision preventing taxation of Internet commerce is good. The oil export language is good. There are some very good things reinforcing First Amendment rights (which shouldn't need reinforcing in the first place). Yuval Levin has written about the complexities of...
  • Ryan Tells Members That Spending Deal Is Reached (and we're screwed alert)

    12/16/2015 1:10:36 AM PST · by Zakeet · 11 replies
    NY Times ^ | December 15, 2015 | David M. Herszenhorn and Robert Pear
    Republican and Democratic negotiators in the House clinched a deal late Tuesday on a $1.1 trillion spending bill and a huge package of tax breaks. Legislative drafters, racing a midnight deadline, met the time limit for issuing the tax package but apparently missed it for the spending bill. That could push back a vote on the House floor by one day, until Friday. The late-hour tension emphasized the deep disagreements over an array of policy provisions that have left weeks of negotiations tinged with acrimony. Since the Republicans took back control of the House in 2011, a majority in the...
  • Generational War Over the Budget? It's Hard to See It [SPENDING SOARS FOR YOUNG AND OLD]

    12/02/2015 3:32:55 AM PST · by expat_panama · 12 replies
    Real Clear Markets ^ | December 2, 2015 | Gary Burtless
    Government spending on the elderly continues to climb. Fueled by rapid growth in the number of Americans over age 65 and increased spending on benefits per person, public expenditures devoted to the elderly continue to edge up. A crucial question for future policymaking is whether rising outlays on programs for the aged will squeeze out spending on programs for children, especially investments in their schooling. Many pessimists think this outcome is inevitable, and they urge us to reduce government commitments to the elderly to make room for spending on the young. Federal spending is especially concentrated on the elderly. The...
  • Proposal Would Let Special Needs Children Attend Private School with Public Money

    11/30/2015 10:30:08 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 22 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/29/2015 | Tom Gantert
    A measure introduced in the Michigan House earlier this year could start the process of making an exception to the state constitution’s ban on taxpayer support for nonpublic schools. Specifically, the end result would be allowing parents to send their children with special needs to private or religious schools using tax dollars. The state would cover the cost for each child, up to the amount it would have paid for educating that at a public school. Such a change would require the approval of voters in a statewide election, and if the Legislature approves HJR B, voters would face that...
  • Consumer confidence falls to lowest level in 14 months

    11/24/2015 8:40:47 AM PST · by repentant_pundit · 11 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | Nov 24, 2015 | Jeffry Bartash
    Consumers confidence fell in November to the lowest level in more than a year, a survey shows. The consumer confidence index dropped to 90.4 from a revised 99.1 in October, the Conference Board said Tuesday. That's the lowest level since September 2014. Economists polled by MarketWatch had expected the index to rise to 100. The present situation index, a measure of current conditions, dropped to 108.1 from 114.6. .... "The decline was mainly due to a less favorable view of the job market," said Lynn Franco, director of economic indicators at board. The number of people who said jobs were...
  • Let States Build Their Own Highways

    11/13/2015 8:09:51 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    Reason ^ | October 6, 2015 | Veronique de Rugy
    When Congress left town for the August recess, it did so without coming to an agreement on a long-term transportation bill. Instead, the president signed a three-month extension that set the stage for another showdown this fall. More than 30 such temporary extensions have passed since the last multi-year transportation bill expired in 2011. The inability of Congress to come together to pass a transportation package has frustrated the myriad special interests whose lobbyists want assurances that the dollars will keep flowing for years, and not just months, to come. And the media, which seldom miss an opportunity to push...
  • Physical fitness testing suspended for all Colorado Springs police officers (Female officers win)

    11/12/2015 12:07:41 PM PST · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 44 replies
    The Colorado Springs Gazette ^ | 11/10/2015 | Debbie Kelley
    olorado Springs police officers will not be required to take a physical fitness test this year, and those who failed it last year will no longer face penalties, pending the outcome of a discrimination lawsuit 12 female officers have filed. The city of Colorado Springs and its police department agreed on Friday to all conditions the plaintiffs sought in a preliminary injunction, and on Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Matsch ordered the demands be met.
  • How Ted Cruz Would Balance the Budget

    11/12/2015 8:54:24 AM PST · by conservativejoy · 36 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 11/12/2015 | Peter Ferrara
    As he made clear, he's not going to 'pay' for more big government business as usual. At the CNBC debate on October 28, Ted Cruz 97%released his tax reform proposal, which I believe is the best of all the presidential candidates' plans. At Tuesday night's debate, Cruz released a spending reduction plan showing how he will pay for the tax cut involved in the tax reform plan. For the individual income tax under his tax reform, Cruz's plan provides for one flat rate of 10% on everything – wages, capital gains, dividends, personal business income, rent, interest, and all other...
  • "US Debt Is 3 Times More Than You Think" Warns Former Chief US Accountant

    11/08/2015 11:14:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11/08/2015 | Tyler Durden
    In a shocking admission for most of mainstream America, the former U.S. comptroller general says the real U.S. debt is closer to about $65 trillion than the oft-cited figure of $18 trillion, thanks to unfunded liabilities which simply cannot be ignored. As The Hill reports, unless economic growth accelerates, he warns, "you’re not going to be able to provide the kind of social safety net that we need in this country," adding unequivocially that Americans have "lost touch with reality" when it comes to spending.As The Hill reports, Dave Walker, who headed the Government Accountability Office (GAO) under Presidents...
  • Senate Approves Budget Deal and Here's How They Voted

    10/30/2015 3:01:01 PM PDT · by arista · 58 replies
    therightscoop.com ^ | 10/30/15 | The Right Scoop
    The Senate approved the horrible budget deal last night while most of us were asleep at 3am: Ted Cruz last night called this budget deal a corrupt betrayal of the people as he spoke over an hour and a half. The vote was mostly Democrats voting to pass it but a fair number of Republicans voted for it as well. Here's how they voted: YEAs: 64 Alexander (R-TN) Ayotte (R-NH) Baldwin (D-WI) Barrasso (R-WY) Bennet (D-CO) Blumenthal (D-CT) Booker (D-NJ) Boxer (D-CA) Brown (D-OH) Cantwell (D-WA) Capito (R-WV) Cardin (D-MD) Carper (D-DE) Casey (D-PA) Cochran (R-MS) Collins (R-ME) Coons (D-DE)...
  • No School Funding System Adequate to Manage Large Student Declines

    10/29/2015 6:19:23 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/26/2015 | Tom Gantert
    The leader of a key Michigan House budget committee said it’s time to take a look at how public schools are funded in Michigan. In a story posted on the MLive news site, Rep. Al Pscholka, R-Stevensville, was apparently pointing to Benton Harbor Area Schools as evidence of shortcomings in the Proposal A school funding system that was approved by Michigan voters in 1994. “Take a look at Proposal A? I think that's a great question, and I think that's something we ought to look at,” said Pscholka, who is chair of the House Appropriations Committee. “ ... I've got...
  • Obama vetoes defense bill because there’s not enough spending

    10/23/2015 7:59:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/23/2015 | Taylor Millard
    Congress may be (but it isn’t known when) preparing to override President Barack Obama’s decision to veto a $612B defense bill. Obama’s reasoning for vetoing the bill: it doesn’t have enough money. Number one, it keeps in place the sequester that is inadequate for us to properly fund our military in a stable, sustained way and allows all of our armed forces to plan properly. I have repeatedly called on Congress to eliminate the sequester and make sure that we’re providing certainty to our military so they can do out-year planning, ensure military readiness, ensure our troops are getting...
  • GOP must not allow Obama and big spenders in both parties to blow through spending caps

    10/19/2015 4:21:50 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 15 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Sunday, October 18, 2015 | Stephen Moore
    It hasn’t gotten much attention, but two big budget showdowns are looming in Washington in the weeks ahead. The first is what to do about raising the $18 trillion debt ceiling. And the second is whether to retain the spending caps/sequester cuts in the 2016 budget.[snip]President Obama has made his demands clear. He wants to bust the spending caps this year and he wants a debt ceiling extension from Congress with no strings attached.[snip]Some on the left argue that we should not even have a federal debt ceiling — that the government should have a rubber stamp to borrow at...
  • Washington D.C. Spends $30K Per Student; Group Says It's Not Enough

    10/15/2015 8:19:03 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 27 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/15/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Per student spending by public schools in the District of Columbia outstrips that of all 50 states. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, as of 2012, D.C. was annually spending a total of $25,038 per pupil. Nevertheless, in 2013 Colorado-based Augenblick, Palaich and Associates – the firm recently chosen to produce an upcoming education funding “adequacy” study for the State of Michigan – released a report claiming that D.C. wasn’t spending enough. APA’s Washington funding study concluded that to adequately educate students D.C. needs to increase the amount of funding it provides by 22.1 percent. The study concluded:...
  • School District Overspending for Last Nine Years Keeps Getting More Funding Per Pupil

    10/13/2015 8:11:41 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/11/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Clintondale Community Schools has been in continuous deficit-spending mode dating back to 2005-06. The Macomb County district was not contrite in explaining nine consecutive years of being unable to balance its budget. On a form required by Michigan Department of Education, the school district’s administration defiantly gives this reason for its failure: “Inadequate funding and declining enrollment.” And in a recent Detroit News story, Ken Austin, the president of the district’s teachers union local said, “We would likely not be in the current position if it were not for the many huge cuts to school funding that districts have been...
  • Firm Picked to Evaluate State Education Spending Always Wants More State Education Spending

    10/06/2015 11:08:31 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/4/2015 | Jack Spencer
    The Snyder administration's preliminary pick for a contractor to do a study on whether Michigan spends an “adequate” amount on public schools has a long history of coming to the same conclusion on similar questions: “Not adequate." The company’s 12 most recent state studies have all concluded that spending on public schools should be increased. The record includes a 2013 report which found "inadequate" school spending by the District of Columbia, which year after year spends more per student than all (or nearly all) the 50 states. Gov. Rick Snyder and legislative Republicans committed to buying what is known in...
  • On Taxes, Trump Is No Reagan: What About The Spending Side Of The Budget?

    10/06/2015 7:27:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/06/2015 | James Capretta
    President Ronald Reagan is invoked incessantly by conservative commentators and politicians, but never more so than when the subject is taxes. And so it was when Donald Trump released his plan for tax reform. Several conservative commentators have done Trump a favor (and the public a disservice) by vouching for the legitimacy of the plan and saying it is very much in the Reagan tradition. That gives Trump far too much credit. His tax plan bears a superficial resemblance to Reagan’s agenda, but Reagan would never have proposed something so transparently infeasible. Reagan is invoked too casually on taxes both...