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With a shutdown averted, federal agencies face budget constraints — and inefficiency

Oct 1, 2021
Because lawmakers couldn’t agree on a series of spending bills before Oct. 1, agencies keep running on last year’s budget.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi signs a bill at the Capitol on Sept. 30 to fund the U.S. government and avoid a federal shutdown.
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What does a census undercount mean for state and local governments?

Those most in need of federal funding could be left out of the census count.
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How much is the federal government spending on climate change?

Sep 2, 2019
Only a fraction of what is being spent on efforts to recover from climate-related disasters.
A view of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency headquarters in 2017 in Washington, DC.
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What happens to health clinics when states and organizations refuse Title X funds?

Aug 22, 2019
Planned Parenthood announced this week that it will stop taking an estimated $60 million in government funding.
The Planned Parenthood Central Phoenix Health Center sign is viewed in Phoenix, Arizona in 2017.
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How states unlock money to meet hurricane expenses

Sep 13, 2018
Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall later this week.
A motorist drives through heavy rain before the approaching Hurricane Harvey hits Corpus Christi, Texas, on Friday.
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Key health care measure left out of federal spending bill

Mar 23, 2018
Congress jammed a lot into its $1.3 trillion spending bill, and we’ll be going through the bill’s 2,000-plus pages for some time. But there was one thing noticeably left out: a last-ditch compromise amendment on health care sponsored by Republican senators Susan Collins and Lamar Alexander. The so-called “stabilization” package was designed to keep health insurance […]

Nevada Supreme Court faces budget shortfall

Apr 3, 2015
The Nevada Supreme Court's budget is linked to the number of traffic tickets.
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Some political offices come with a rent bill

Mar 23, 2015
California's Lt. Governor rents a desk at a co-working space in San Francisco.

Lame duck Congress still has plenty to do

Nov 5, 2014
The government must pass a spending bill by mid-December.

Forget high stakes testing, what about high stakes attendance?

Oct 1, 2013
Schools in about a dozen states do their annual census of students. At stake is government funding.