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Run Your State Like Your Ranch

Gov. Brian Schweitzer | Posted 10.07.2012 | Impact
Gov. Brian Schweitzer

In Montana, we've been able to cut taxes, invest in education and infrastructure and keep essential services intact. How do we accomplish what most states and the federal government cannot?

There's Some Data To Back This Guy Up

Posted 07.31.2012 | Business

Austerity lovers of the world take note: Cutting government spending hurts the economy and it's not just the Paul Krugmans of the world that say so. ...

State Budget Crisis Must Be Addressed, Before It's Too Late

Richard Ravitch | Posted 09.16.2012 | Politics
Richard Ravitch

The existing trajectory of state spending, taxation and administrative practices cannot be sustained. The basic problem is not cyclical, it is structural. The time to act is now.

Four Spending Myths That Could Wreck Our World

Mattea Kramer | Posted 09.16.2012 | Politics
Mattea Kramer

We're at the edge of the cliff of deficit disaster! National security spending is being, or will soon be, slashed to the bone! Obamacare will sink the ship of state! Each of these claims has grabbed national attention in a big way, sucking up years' worth of precious airtime.

The Closure Of Aquarius Reef Base And America's Scientific Ambitions

Ben Hellwarth | Posted 09.12.2012 | Travel
Ben Hellwarth

The looming closure of America's last underwater base has caused too little scandal and not enough discussion of the future of scientific exploration.

The Wrath Of Grapes: Oklahoma City MAPS Its Future

Mick Cornett | Posted 08.29.2012 | Politics
Mick Cornett

While we see the national economic numbers like everyone else and understand the challenges facing many American cities, these are good days in Oklahoma City. We found a concept that works here: investing in ourselves.

Tea Party Reps Abuse Franking Privileges

The Huffington Post | Nate Willis | Posted 06.19.2012 | Politics

Freshman GOP lawmakers have decried runaway government spending, but they're still willing to use their taxpayer-funded postage privileges to send mai...

Billion-Dollar Deal With Russian Firm Sets Off Contracting Alarm

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 08.18.2012 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

POGO is unable to determine whether Rosoboronexport violates the responsibility provision of the FAR; however, does the contractor's past business with Iran and current funding of a brutal Syrian regime at the very least call into question its responsibility?

Mollie Reilly

Romney To Campaign At Federally Preserved Farm Following Criticism Of Government Spending | Mollie Reilly | Posted 06.15.2012 | Politics

Mitt Romney will return Friday to the Scamman farm, a sprawling 200-acre property located in New Hampshire's seacoast region. The farm is an important...

WATCH: Krugman: 'We Are Not A Household. We Are An Economy'

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 06.01.2012 | Business

For most Americans, a trip to London means drinking a few pints and maybe taking a picture of one of those guards with the hats. For Paul Krugman, it ...

Since Johnny Can't Read, He Probably Can't Spell 'Big Government' Either

Tanya M. Acker | Posted 07.18.2012 | Education
Tanya M. Acker

I am not so naïve as to be unaware of the obstacles to any such "pie-in-the-sky" educational initiative -- teachers unions and culture warriors who object to science-based curricula being among them -- but we've fried bigger fish before.

Defense Department's New Definition of 'Commercial Item' Will Save Money

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 07.02.2012 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

The Department of Defense is taking a major step in stopping the waste of taxpayer dollars. The legislative proposal is a huge improvement over the current definition, a broadly worded definition open to abuse.

Becoming the Sustainabilitity We Seek

Rich Tafel | Posted 06.16.2012 | Politics
Rich Tafel

It is time for the nonprofit sector to change the rules that change the world. It must become the sustainability it seeks from others. Until there's a shift from scarcity to sustainability, we will never drain the swamp.

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

Jo Comerford | Posted 06.13.2012 | Money
Jo Comerford

It's imperative that all Americans get informed and engage in the heated debate over how our tax dollars are spent by our nation's government. It's both our right, our responsibility and the exquisite privilege of our Democracy.

Innovation Requires Risk, but... Government Risk?

Joan Michelson | Posted 06.09.2012 | Business
Joan Michelson

The lesson that seems to be lost on Capitol Hill these days is that it's not about investing in winners. It's about hedging bets by investing in a number of innovative technologies knowing that some will thrive and others will lead to new ones that thrive.

The Pentagon's Weapon Programs: Delivering Less, Later, for More Money

Ben Freeman | Posted 06.06.2012 | Politics
Ben Freeman

The takeaway for taxpayers and Congress when considering initial estimates is simple: Don't believe them. They paint an unrealistic picture of cost, delivery times, and, often, capabilities.

Obama By Default

Robert Scheer | Posted 06.04.2012 | Politics
Robert Scheer

The GOP has defined itself indelibly as the party of moneyed greed and unfettered imperialism. The Republicans are a sick joke, and their narrow ideological stupidity has left rational voters no choice in the coming presidential election but Barack Obama.

Where Do Your Tax Dollars Go?

Jeff Davidoff | Posted 06.04.2012 | Impact
Jeff Davidoff

There's so much talk in the news about Social Security, Medicare, and foreign assistance spending. It got us wondering how much we contribute to each. Well, thankfully we've now got a simple way for you to find out.

Government Spending on Autopilot: Prepare for the Crash

Lenwood Brooks | Posted 06.04.2012 | Politics
Lenwood Brooks

Congress must take control of the federal budget process, which means taking responsibility for all spending programs to get the deficit under control. If Congress doesn't start relearning how to fly, we all need to be prepared for a fiscal crash.

In The Public Interest : States Make Spending More Transparent, but Some Far Ahead of Others

Phineas Baxandall | Posted 05.20.2012 | Politics
Phineas Baxandall

Transparency in government expenditures promotes fiscal responsibility, checks corruption, and bolsters public confidence in government. We need more of it.

Feds Admit They're Not Growing Economy

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 03.05.2012 | Business

The government is the second largest component of the U.S. economy, making up one-fifth of all economic activity. But federal, state and local gov...

The Myth of the Out-of-Control Federal Government

Bob Greenstein | Posted 04.30.2012 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

My colleague at the Center, Richard Kogan, authored a wonderful summary of our new report tackling the question, "Are the Size and Reach of the Federa...

Facts Are Stubborn Things

Al Checchi | Posted 04.29.2012 | Politics
Al Checchi

If we look at the economic facts without prejudice, we must conclude that despite all the changes in our circumstances, booms and busts, activist and conservative government, war and peace, there has been a remarkable constancy and consensus in the actual conduct of our fiscal policy -- until recently.

"That My Child May Have Peace"

Al Checchi | Posted 04.22.2012 | Politics
Al Checchi

With all the rhetoric and finger-pointing between Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals, the 1% and the 99%, all have been part of the problem and no one has mustered the courage to tell it like it is.

Obama vs. Obama: One Budget, Two Competing Visions of the Future

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 04.21.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The Western world is divided between two visions of our economic future. One is of austerity and the other is of growth. One is of hope and possibility, the other of despair and cynicism. The battle between these two visions has divided the United States and the entire Western world.