Homes in suburban Los Angeles/ Photo by JR Woodward By Jackie Stein After we published a blog piece on the Home Mortgage Interest Deduction (HMID) this summer, several people wrote in to tell us how this tax break affected their lives. Home Mortgage Interest Deduction: Your Stories Doris from Fort Washington, MD, wrote to tell us that “without the HMID I would not be able to manage my expenses at all.” As a single person with a clerical job, she said “I honestly don’t know how I’d be able to manage without HMID. The prospect of losing this ...
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Tagged: 2014 budget, budget cuts, patty murray, sequester, sequestration, wic
The Women, Infants, Children (WIC) Farmers' Market Nutrition Program is among the programs cut by more than 20 percent this year due to sequestration/ Photo by Shelby Root The 2011 Budget Control Act set the stage for the harsh automatic budget cuts known as sequestration to take place on Jan. 1, 2013. Due to a last-minute deal between Congress and the White House, the cuts were somewhat reduced in severity and went into effect on March 1, 2013, instead. These cuts will go on for a decade unless Congress agrees to stop them. As each agency worked out how it ...
By Doug Hall Sequestration enacted on March 1 cut federal spending by $85.3 billion for fiscal year 2013. The sequester not only cut money allocated to federal programs, but also meant reductions for federal spending at the state and local level. States and local governments depend on federal grants and loans to fund essential services and programs, helping them maintain infrastructure, provide education, administer health and social services and ensure public safety. In 2011, federal grants to states and localities totaled $607 billion and accounted for approximately 25 percent of state and local government spending. A recent report released ...
Last week we explained that Congress was rushing to prevent airport delays, even as education programs and services for vulnerable Americans - such as shelters for victims of domestic violence - were seeing funding cuts. The following guest blog is an explanation of how lawmakers ultimately passed the "Reducing Flight Delays Act" - by lying about a typo and throwing transparency out the window. By Jim Harper Last weekend, we reported how Congress had failed to pass identical versions of the same bill in the House and Senate, meaning it couldn’t be signed into law. Now they’ve fixed the problem … by ...
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Tagged: 2013 budget, continuing resolution, federal budget, harry reid, sequestration
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid scheduled votes on a 2013 spending bill for this week Photo licensed under Creative Commons TL;DR No. There is no federal budget for fiscal 2013, which began on Oct. 1, 2012. What's Going On? Last week I explained that the federal government is operating on a temporary spending bill called a continuing resolution instead of a real budget for fiscal 2013. That continuing resolution expires on March 27 – just a week from today. If lawmakers don't pass new legislation, the federal government will shut down on March 28. An extra complication in ...
The following housing-related datasets have been updated and are now current through 2011: U.S. Housing Owners and Renters U.S. Housing Units
This fall we're launching the incredible stories of Americans across the country in a project called Faces of the Budget. National Priorities Project has been gathering the stories of every-day people and how they've been affected by the spending and tax policies of the federal budget. Since all of us are affected by the federal budget in various ways – even if we don’t realize it – everyone has a story to tell. We'll be sharing the words and stories of regular Americans on Facebook. If you'd like to share your story, please contact us. Today I ...
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Tagged: 2012 election, federal budget
If there was ever any doubt that the U.S. federal budget would claim center-stage in the 2012 presidential race, it vanished with Mitt Romney's selection of House Budget Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI) as the GOP Vice Presidential nominee. Although Mitt Romney has emphasized he will run on a Romney budget, not a Ryan budget, he has already endorsed central elements of Ryan's plan – such as significant cuts to Medicaid and education – and has indicated that the Congressman will play a lead role in shaping the Romney/Ryan platform. Paul Ryan's federal budget proposal includes sweeping changes ...
The following datasets related to housing occupancy are now current throught 2010. In addition, the source of these data has been changed to the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. The data are available at the state level and go back to 2005. Housing Units: the total number of available housing units, along with the percent occupied and percent vacant Housing Owners and Renters: the percentage of occupied units that are occupied by owners and by renters
Executive director Jo Comerford explains how budget reductions affect the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).