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Bonus: "This Is Uncomfortable," episode 2

Jun 22, 2019

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National Park Service budget problems are subject of congressional hearing

by Andy Uhler May 7, 2019
U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt is set to testify before a House appropriations subcommittee Tuesday. Bernhardt is likely to face questions about a severe maintenance backlog in the National Park Service, which says it can’t afford to keep its parks…
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Balancing the federal budget is a bigger deal for politicians than economists.
The United States could simply make more money to pay its bills, said Stephanie Kelton, an economics professor at Stony Brook University. But taken to an extreme, that could lead to higher inflation.
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How much U.S. debt is too much?

by Tracey Samuelson Oct 16, 2018
Balancing the federal budget is a bigger deal for politicians than economists.
The United States could simply make more money to pay its bills, said Stephanie Kelton, an economics professor at Stony Brook University. But taken to an extreme, that could lead to higher inflation.
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It's use-it-or-lose-it season in Washington

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Will federal funding fix help prevent forest fires?

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The private dollars that help fund our national parks

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Senate GOP backs budget, clears way for tax overhaul

by Marketplace Contributor Oct 20, 2017
Enacting a tax overhaul by year’s end is a prime goal of Trump and Republicans.
Sen. John McCain talked to reporters as he headed to vote on amendments to the 2018 fiscal year budget resolution, on Thursday, in Washington, D.C.
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Budget standoffs in three states result in government shutdowns

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Illinois isn't the only state with budget woes.
A view of the New Jersey State House, the area's capitol building.
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States recover, but can't go on a spending spree

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The states' economies are improving, but unevenly.
Pumpjacks near Watford City, North Dakota. States like North Dakota and Alaska that boomed when oil prices were high are now hurting.
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