With the budget settled, what's Congress going to do next week?

Jan 1, 2014
Congress will return to the New Year without needing to fight about the budget. Will they take the opportunity to deal with other issues?
Posted In: Congress, budget

How will the budget deal ease sequestration?

Dec 13, 2013
The House of Representatives has passed a budget agreement aimed at avoiding another government shutdown. How will it affect the sequestration?
Posted In: Congress, budget, sequestration

Mish-mash of tax credits about to expire

Dec 13, 2013
This story about 55 tax breaks about to expire starts in an unlikely place: Barn 63 at the Belmont Race Track in Belmont, N.Y., at the stall of a pretty brown horse with a white star on her forehead.
Posted In: tax credit, Congress, budget, tax breaks

A tax by any other name? A fee

Dec 5, 2013
A deal to avoid another government shutdown seems to be coalescing around increasing revenues -- but not taxes.
Posted In: fees, Taxes, budget

Giving residents a crack at city budgets

Oct 7, 2013
San Francisco is experimenting with what's known as participatory budgeting to give more people a say in how their tax dollars are spent.
Posted In: San Francisco, budget

A government shutdown will affect jobs -- and jobs numbers

Sep 30, 2013
We might not be getting a jobs report this Friday.
Posted In: government shutdown, budget, Congress, jobs numbers, jobs report, Europe

Why having "too little" can focus the mind

Sep 3, 2013
Harvard economist Sendhil Mullainathan has written a book called, "Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much."
Posted In: resources, budget

Could 'Moneyball' solve government fiscal woes?

Jun 20, 2013
An argument for using data to figure out where to spend government money.
Posted In: budget, moneyball

The incredible shrinking budget deficit

May 15, 2013
The Congressional Budget Office reports that this year's federal budget will be the smallest in years -- but don't uncork the champagne yet.
Posted In: budget, budget deficit

CBO estimates $112 billion federal surplus for April

May 10, 2013
Pinch yourself. You're not dreaming.
Posted In: Economy, budget, surplus