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Time To Get Moving On Transportation Funding

Charleta B. Tavares | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
Charleta B. Tavares

The federal budget is a reflection of our nation's priorities. As the budget debate heats up in Washington, Congress must choose between investing in a safe and economically secure America, or siding with special interests and continuing to spend billions on wasteful programs that military leaders do not even want.

Rauner Budget Would Cut Medicaid, Restore Funding for Other Social Services

Hilary Gowins | Posted 05.02.2015 | Chicago
Hilary Gowins

Rauner's 2016 budget proposal is far from law -- any spending plan must first pass the Illinois General Assembly, which will happen sometime over the course of the coming months. Until then, Illinois will prove a testing ground for how to dig out of debt without undue harm to the state's most vulnerable residents.

The Pentagon Doesn't Need More Money

William Hartung | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
William Hartung

But you would never know it if you listened to the cries coming from key members of Congress and hawkish D.C. think tanks. It is important to note that these substantial proposed increases in Pentagon spending are arbitrary numbers cherry-picked from past Pentagon five-year plans, not careful assessments of current defense needs.

The 4 Things Kids Need to Know About Money

Amy Nielson | Posted 04.28.2015 | Parents
Amy Nielson

One of the direct results of my time working as an accountant was the realization that money habits, good or bad, start young

Big Bills vs. Little Bills

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.25.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It is amusing for Democrats to watch the "Ted Cruz wing" of the GOP try to defend their big DHS bill, just as it will be amusing to watch them howl later this week when it gets split in two. All a Democrat will have to do to really rub it in will be to say, "But you've been saying all along that immigration reform can only be done one tiny step at a time!"

Friday Talking Points -- GOP's Government Shutdown Showdown

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The GOP wasted no time in creating yet another self-induced government shutdown showdown. Not even two full months into their control of Congress, and they are pushing a critical federal department towards shutting down, all in an effort to make a political point.

6 Spending Cuts Proposed for Illinois by Gov. Bruce Rauner

Reboot Illinois | Posted 04.21.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner delivered his first budget address to the General Assembly Feb . 18, outlining his plans for getting the state's finances back on track.

Watch: What Does Gov. Rauner's Budget Proposal Mean for Illinois?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 04.21.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Gov. Bruce Rauner didn't just deliver his Budget Address on Wednesday. He detonated a bomb over state budgeting practices and philosophy that have guided Illinois government finances for at least 12 years.

President Obama's Budget: Five Small Steps Forward, One Big Step Back

Doug Hall | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Doug Hall

Unfortunately, this year's budget continues the harmful framework imposed by the Budget Control Act of 2011 of "trading off" defense spending with domestic needs. Once again, increased defense spending has been blindly offered to balance an equal amount of increased investment in job creation and training, education, climate change, and other priorities combined.

Opportunities for Women in the President's Budget?

Amanda Andere | Posted 04.21.2015 | Women
Amanda Andere

As an organization with a 50-year history of ensuring that the gender and economic security lenses are included in policy and budget discussions, Wider Opportunities for Women, had one question in reviewing the President's proposed budget, "Are there opportunities for women?"

Leveraging What Works

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 04.21.2015 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Leveraging What Works offers grants totaling $100 million nationwide to school districts willing to use the grant, along with a portion of its formula funds -- such as Title I and IDEA -- to adopt proven programs that meet the "strong" or "moderate" level of evidence of effectiveness as defined in EDGAR. Simple though it appears, Leveraging What Works would be revolutionary.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner Suggests Widespread Spending Cuts in Budget Address

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 04.20.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner introduced his plan for the state's Fiscal Year 2016 budget during an address in front of the General Assembly Feb. 18. Rauner outlined a plan that his administration says would eliminate a $6.2-billion budget deficit.

Restoring the Faith With Our Military

Jeremy Hilton | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
Jeremy Hilton

In the end, many of us may differ on what the final military pay and benefits package should look like...what I want more than agreement is your involvement. Sitting this one out isn't in yours or our nation's best interest.

Tips for Staying On Top of Monthly Expenses

Elizabeth Pullman | Posted 04.19.2015 | Money
Elizabeth Pullman

Online banking isn't the way of the future -- it's now. Rather than having your bills mailed to you at home where you'll need to juggle and keep track of physical copies, have them sent straight to your email inbox.

Greece Does Battle With Creationist Economics: Can Germany Be Brought Into the 21st Century?

Dean Baker | Posted 04.18.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

The time has come for the EU to stop running economic policy based on silly myths. If German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other leaders in the EU cannot accept reality then Greece and southern Europe would be far better off breaking free of the euro and leave Germany to wallow in its 19th century economic fairy tales.

50 Shades of Budget

Alexandra Rosas | Posted 04.13.2015 | Comedy
Alexandra Rosas

I'm intent on keeping my marriage intact, so this Valentine's Day I'll consider how this saving money thing may be something best enjoyed together, rather than alone. So when he leans in this Valentine's weekend and whispers in my ear "Let's talk about the budget," I'll be ready.

How to Profit From the President's Budget

Gene Marks | Posted 04.12.2015 | Small Business
Gene Marks

You have people that rely on you and you must plan accordingly to profit from Washington's policies, whether you agree with them or not.

GOP Hammers Obama Again With the Taxing the Rich Myth

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 04.11.2015 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The GOP cynically flips the table and blames the wealth gap and even the poverty rise on Obama's supposedly reckless tax and spend policies. This is more myth-making. Obama's budget has not broken the government's fiscal bank.

5 Tips to Help You Save Money While Traveling

Jinna Yang | Posted 04.11.2015 | Travel
Jinna Yang

When I started preparing for my trip, I did a lot of research on the planning process on the internet. There are a number of things I did to prepare, and I thought I'd share some tips on how to help you travel for less money.

Financial Sense 301: Making It In The Real World

Chris Mettler | Posted 04.08.2015 | Money
Chris Mettler

College-related debt is increasing and millenials are facing difficult choices about their finances and their futures. The good news is that millenials also have more options than ever before; the job market is ever changing, technology is improving by the minute, and information is right at our fingertips.

Fiscally Responsible SBA Has Strong Case for FY16 Budget

Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet | Posted 04.08.2015 | Small Business
Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet

Our two main lending vehicles -- the 7(a) and 504 programs -- delivered $29 billion in small-business loans to entrepreneurs last year. In FY16, we expect another banner year, and taxpayers won't be on the hook to cover any potential losses, as we're requesting and managing a zero taxpayer subsidy for our core capital programs.

Lessons for Democrats From the National Football League

Darrell West | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics
Darrell West

One of the most successful sectors in American society bases its business model on the principles of redistribution from rich to poor, fair competition, and explicit regulation of personal and business conduct. That, of course, is the National Football League (NFL).

Protecting Workers and Communities During the Clean Energy Transition

Peter Lehner | Posted 04.07.2015 | Green
Peter Lehner

When I worked at the New York Attorney General's Office, we sued coal-fired power plants because their air pollution was making people sick.

Fund What Works!

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 04.07.2015 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

President Obama's recently released budget may or may not make its way into law, but it has already made its way into the hearts of those who believe that government programs must be held to account for producing the outcomes they are intended to produce. Red or blue, everyone should want government dollars to make a difference.

It's Time to Invest in Nutrition

Robert B. Blancato | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics
Robert B. Blancato

As Congress prepares to move its own budget process, it should embrace those proposals that constitute sound investments as compared to just expenditures. Older adults are an important resource to their families, their communities and their nation.