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The Budgetless Family: Formulating a Financial Plan

Ben Mulling | Posted 09.22.2012 | Money
Ben Mulling

We plan our family vacations, extracurricular time and workdays down to the last detail, but one of the most important aspects of our daily lives, our money, over half of our country has no plan for.

Stretching the School-District Dollar

Michael J. Petrilli | Posted 06.19.2012 | Education
Michael J. Petrilli

While tight budgets present plenty of hardships, they also offer local officials a golden opportunity to rethink the way we run schools and boost productivity and efficiency.

John Celock

State Budget Crisis Closes Courts | John Celock | Posted 04.04.2012 | Politics

Kansas state courts will shut down for five Fridays this spring to save money in a state budget crisis that includes a $1.4 million hole in the court ...

The Power of Financial Planning

Michael Kaiser | Posted 04.28.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Organizations that devote time and energy to developing strategic plans must have the courage to imagine truly different futures. And the financial forecasts that should end every plan should reveal one aspect of this new tomorrow.

Another Wall Street Win & Main Street Loss

Dennis M. Kelleher | Posted 01.15.2012 | Politics
Dennis M. Kelleher

With a level-funded budget of $205 million, there is simply no way the CFTC can do their old job, never mind all their new financial reform responsibilities.

INFOGRAPHIC: The Price Of Pints Around The World

Posted 12.28.2011 | Travel

From Lonely Planet's new book, How to Land a Jumbo Jet, a visual exploration of travel facts, figures and ephemera. Available now from Lonely Planet. ...

Cash-Strapped States Turn To Budget Cuts Over Higher Taxes To Patch Shortfalls

The Wall Street Journal | Leslie Eaton And Kris Maher | Posted 09.06.2011 | Politics

Forty-six states began a new fiscal year Friday after lawmakers spent the spring hashing out budgets that largely avoid big tax increases in favor of ...

Agriculture Colleges Get Budget Squeeze

AP | STEVE KARNOWSKI | Posted 08.27.2011 | College

MINNEAPOLIS — As university budgets take a beating across the country, agricultural schools and extension programs are feeling the impact. Larg...

Shrinking Budgets Demand Smarter Schools

Martin J. Blank | Posted 07.21.2011 | Education
Martin J. Blank

In the midst of Duncan's "New Normal," community schools make more sense than ever.

WATCH: How To Spend $5,000

Posted 07.19.2011 | Comedy

Rock band Red Fang got a $5,000 budget from their record label to make a video for their song "Wires." So what did they do? We don't wanna ruin an...

You Can Do More with Less... But Only for So Long

Bud Hunt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Bud Hunt

Colorado's new governor is going to ask high school teachers at three of the city's schools to teach another class per semester. It's a kind of peer pressure move that is based on faulty logic.

This is Not Fiscal Conservatism. It's Just Politics.

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Let's be clear: When politicians attack the poor, it is not partisan to challenge them -- it is a Christian responsibility.

The 20 Most Frugal U.S. Cities

Wallet Pop | Aaron Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Known for Coca-Cola, peach trees and Gone With the Wind, Atlanta now holds yet another honor: It is home to some of the most frugal shoppers in the co...

Mid (And Other) -Course Corrections

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

At this time, arts organizations must be far more nimble, financially, than ever before. Many of us have experienced unforeseen drops in contributed ...

Congress Unlikely To Aid Struggling States

AP | KEVIN FREKING | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Cut spending, raise taxes and fees, and accept billions of dollars from Congress. That's been the formula for states trying to surv...

This Week on Etsy: 19 Gifts to Fit Every Holiday Purse

Rosalyn Hoffman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Rosalyn Hoffman

Why buy vanilla mass-produced-anyone-can-buy-and-everyone-will-have gifts this holiday season? Avoid the stampede. Be creative. Find originals.

States of Pain

Nicole Lapin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nicole Lapin

Moving forward, the first quarter of the 2011 fiscal year will be a true test of how far the states have come in repairing their bruised economies. For some, it's not a question of hitting rock bottom, but how to climb out of the fiscal hole once they do.

The Harshest State Budget Cuts - 8 States That Are Slashing Services (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

If you think the recession has already decimated state services, think again. The worst state budget cuts are yet to come. States have enacted budg...

Money and the Magic Pill

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

Right now, the top six "too big to fail" banks control about 70% of the wealth in America. Here's how we can all change that.

The Cost of Cuts

John Petro | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
John Petro

Mayor Bloomberg insists that raising taxes on the city's wealthiest citizens will induce them to leave the city altogether, leaving the city even worse off. This flies in the face of the evidence.

Ten Commandments for Fiscal Adjustment in Advanced Economies

Olivier Blanchard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Olivier Blanchard

What advanced countries need is clarity of intent, an appropriate calibration of fiscal targets, and adequate structural reforms. With a little help from monetary policy, and from their (emerging market) friends.

School Libraries AXED: Librarian Layoffs As Schools Cope With Budget Crises

AP | DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Students who wished their school librarians a nice summer on the last day of school may be surprised this fall when they're no...

Civil Discourse Is Alive and Well ... in Colorado

Carol Hedges | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Carol Hedges

We've come a long way from Tocqueville's engaged America. I am happy to report, however, that thoughtful, respectful and civil discourse still thrives in the great state of Colorado.

Corporate Earnings Provide Good Lesson On Budgeting

Charlie Farrell | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Charlie Farrell

Companies have slashed their expenses to become lean and mean. You should be doing the same in your own household.

Yes, Maria Bartiromo, There Is Class Warfare

Jonathan Tasini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jonathan Tasini

What was most interesting about my debate with CNBC's anchor Maria Bartiromo is how she became speechless -- and that ain't no easy feat -- when I challenged her about class warfare.