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Jo Comerford
Jo Comerford is executive director of National Priorities Project. She is an expert in the federal budget process, federal spending, military spending, tax policy, debt/deficit, and community engagement. Jo is a frequent media contributor, with print pieces appearing in The Nation, The Huffington Post,, and Mother Jones. National Priorities Project is a 2014 nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Entries by Jo Comerford

Top Five Things to Know About President Obama's 2015 Budget Proposal

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 10:43 AM

President Obama released a $3.9 trillion budget proposal for fiscal year 2015 on Tuesday.

The new budget contains initiatives that would be widely popular with the American people, including jobs, education and closing corporate tax loopholes. However, the president still favors expanding Pentagon spending -- even as...

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Give Americans a Budget to Be Thankful For

(2) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 11:18 PM

This Thanksgiving, Congress should set aside dysfunction and the austerity mindset and give the American people a reason to be thankful: a federal spending and revenue plan that takes our best interests to heart.

In calling for the release of top-line budget numbers prior to Thanksgiving recess, members of the House...

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What Was 'Essential' and What Wasn't

(22) Comments | Posted October 17, 2013 | 10:22 AM

The Government Shutdown in Perspective

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On a damp Friday morning 11 days into the government shutdown, a “few dozen” truckers took to the Capital Beltway in a demonstration with the Twitter hashtag #T2SDA (Truckers to Shut Down America).  They wanted to tell lawmakers...

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Transparency Groups to Congress: Appropriations Logjam Hurts Democracy

(1) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 1:12 PM

National Priorities Project (NPP), Center for Effective Government, and the Sunlight Foundation today released a joint letter to the leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate, decrying the breakdown in the appropriations process and its deep costs to participatory democracy. Pointing to Congress' decade-long failure...

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How America Became a Third World Country

(1660) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 11:48 AM


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The streets are so much darker now, since money for streetlights is rarely available to municipal governments. The national parks began closing down years ago. Some are already being subdivided and sold to the highest bidder. Reports on bridges crumbling or even...

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Fifth Grader Says: 'I'm Kind of Mad at the Government'

(10) Comments | Posted April 13, 2012 | 3:47 PM

"If we had a trillion dollars," dream the youth of Bresee Community Center in Los Angeles, "we would buy materials to build homeless shelters, rehabilitation centers, skate parks and soccer fields."

Young people from the Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High School in New York City would buy...

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Tax Day and America's Wars

(11) Comments | Posted April 12, 2010 | 10:38 AM

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Matt Ryan, the mayor of Binghamton, New York, is sick and tired of watching people in local communities “squabble over crumbs,” as he puts it, while so much local money pours into the Pentagon’s coffers and into America’s wars. He’s so sick and tired...

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A Titanic Budget in an Ocean of Icebergs: Will the USS Budget Go Down?

(17) Comments | Posted February 28, 2010 | 5:22 PM

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Send up a flare! The 2011 federal budget has sprung some leaks in the midst of a storm. Not sure there's enough money for life rafts!  Forget women and children first!

Buffeted by economic hard times, the 2,585-page, $3.8 trillion document is already taking on...

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Surging by the Minute

(51) Comments | Posted December 17, 2009 | 11:13 AM

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$57,077.60. That’s what we’re paying per minute. Keep that in mind -- just for a minute or so.

After all, the surge is already on. By the end of December, the first 1,500 U.S. troops will have landed in Afghanistan, a nation roughly the...

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Cashing in the War Dividend: The Joys of Perpetual War

(15) Comments | Posted October 20, 2009 | 12:52 PM

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So you thought the Pentagon was already big enough? Well, what do you know, especially with the price of the American military slated to grow by at least 25% over the next decade?

Forget about the butter. It's bad for you anyway....

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