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Modest Investment in Housing Mobility Could Yield Big Benefits

Barbara Sard | Posted 03.15.2016 | Politics
Barbara Sard

The president's 2017 budget includes $15 million for a new Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Demonstration to help public housing agencies in ten regions collaborate on initiatives to help low-income families use existing vouchers to move to higher-opportunity neighborhoods

Climate-Smart Transit Means Walkers and Bikers Matter

Jad Daley | Posted 02.25.2017 | Green
Jad Daley

Last month as the National Capital Region was digging out from our latest Snowmageddon, I had an "aha" moment cycling to work on Northern Virginia's ice-crusted, snowy Mount Vernon Trail.

It's Time to Fight for the BEACH Act -- Are You In?

Dr. Chad Nelsen | Posted 02.25.2017 | Green
Dr. Chad Nelsen

Without continued federal funding for the BEACH Act, we will see a decrease in testing and the beach-going public will be more at risk. In some coastal states, entire beach programs will be forced to shut down.

Obama Budget Modernizes Policies for Unemployed Workers

Chad Stone | Posted 02.11.2017 | Politics
Chad Stone

Wage insurance would supplement, not replace, traditional UI, which provides bedrock financial support to help tide workers over a spell of unemployment. But UI needs strengthening and modernizing.

President's Budget Boosts Funding to Fight Deep Poverty

LaDonna Pavetti | Posted 02.10.2017 | Politics
LaDonna Pavetti

Recognizing the long-term consequences that children face when they live in deep poverty the President's budget includes new initiatives to help deeply poor families improve their circumstances and prevent other families from falling into such poverty.

Obama's Last Budget Includes Many Latino Priorities, But Gridlock May Doom It

Hector E. Sanchez | Posted 02.09.2017 | Latino Voices
Hector E. Sanchez

The White House unveiled its budget proposal today but leaders in Congress want nothing to do with it. It's a shame, because in the last federal budg...

Congress Should Enact Obama's Medicaid Proposal

Judith Solomon | Posted 01.14.2017 | Politics
Judith Solomon

Congress should quickly enact a proposal, which President Obama will include in his 2017 budget, to give all states three years of full federal funding when they expand Medicaid -- whether they've already expanded or will in the future.

Statement of Robert Greenstein on the President's 2016 Budget

Bob Greenstein | Posted 04.04.2015 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

President Obama is proposing a surprisingly ambitious budget that would make progress -- in some cases modest, in others large -- in various areas in ...

Breaking Out of the Budget Straitjacket

Deborah Weinstein | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics
Deborah Weinstein

The President's annual budget demonstrates whether our values are driving our national choices. Are we going to continue to give extra tax breaks worth billions to hot shots in the finance industry or re-direct tax help to decrease the poverty of more than 13 million workers?

A Funding Model to Tip the Scales of Justice: Success Oriented Funding

Inimai Chettiar | Posted 05.05.2014 | Crime
Inimai Chettiar

Co-authored by Marc Levin, director of the Center for Effective Justice at the Texas Public Policy Foundation In the past, the right has called the l...

President's Budget to Propose Building on Murray-Ryan Agreement

Joel Friedman | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics
Joel Friedman

The administration proposal highlights that the funding levels under current law will deprive the nation of worthy investments in such areas as infrastructure, research, and education, and it urges Congress and the nation to evaluate whether the benefits of higher spending in those areas outweigh the costs of cutting certain programs and raising certain revenues.

Chained CPI Makes Sense Only Under Certain Conditions

Paul N. Van de Water | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics
Paul N. Van de Water

Since Social Security benefits are modest, and since most beneficiaries have little other income, no one should propose a cut in benefits casually. We've said time and again that the chained CPI is worth considering only if two crucial conditions are met.

'Tough Policy Choices' in the President's Budget

Bob Greenstein | Posted 06.10.2013 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

As it stands, the package makes tough policy choices while largely adhering to the principle that deficit reduction should not increase poverty or inequality. Nevertheless, the budget's spending cuts would have real-world consequences for millions of individuals and families.

Presidential Budget Caps Retirement Savings

Terry Savage | Posted 06.10.2013 | Business
Terry Savage

The government wants to limit how much money you can save in a tax-deferred retirement account, saying too many people are taking tax deductions for saving more money than they are likely to need.

Who's Serious About Getting a Budget Deal?

Bob Greenstein | Posted 06.08.2013 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

if one sets up a playing field where the new Obama budget is one pole and the current Republican no-tax position the other -- and presents the halfway point between them as a compromise -- the result is to ask Obama to accept an outcome to the right of Speaker Boehner's offer in December.

Moral and Medical Disaster: The Fight Against TB

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 04.22.2013 | Impact
Kolleen Bouchane

Bad drugs, bad strategies, and back to the drawing board on a vaccine. What are we doing wrong?

Saki Knafo

Should Homeless People Be Sheltered Or Diverted? Obama Budget Renews Debate | Saki Knafo | Posted 02.16.2012 | Politics

Every night, homeless shelters across the country turn away thousands of people seeking beds -- and not just because they're full, though they often a...

5 Things Obama's Budget Does For Higher Ed

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 02.14.2012 | College

President Obama's budget proposal for the 2013 fiscal year would beef up spending on higher education. Appropriately, he unveiled it at a community c...