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President Obama’s New Budget Invests in Early-Childhood Education, Child Care Tax Credit

Posted March 5th, 2014 by

President Obama released a $3.9 trillion budget proposal for fiscal year 2015 on Tuesday. The president’s budget contains initiatives that would be widely popular with the American people, according to opinion polls, including job training, education, and closing corporate tax loopholes. However, the president still favors expanding military spending – even as we withdraw from [...]

Cost of College to Rise for Future Students (and Parents too)

Posted September 4th, 2013 by

The good news is that this summer, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle came together to pass legislation that lowers rates for students borrowing to pay for college this year. The bad news? The legislation will increase the cost of higher education for college students in the future. Back on July 1 the interest rate for new federal student loans [...]

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Top 5 Things to Know About New Budget Proposals in Congress

Posted March 14th, 2013 by

5. Rep. Paul Ryan and the House would make deep cuts in spending, in large part by reducing programs for low-income families Rep. Ryan proposes $5.7 trillion in spending cuts to be implemented over 10 years. Similar to his budget last year, these cuts target programs that benefit low-income families: Medicaid, food stamps, and Pell [...]

Sequestration Affects Kids and Moms

Posted February 27th, 2013 by

By now you’ve heard that federal budget cuts will take effect on Friday. And you’ve heard the strange-sounding name for these cuts: sequestration. Sequestration means across-the-board spending cuts, and this sequester was written into law in August 2011 as a kind of terrible incentive for lawmakers to pass a long-term deficit reduction plan. No one thought the cuts would [...]

A Fight for the Future: How Budget Talks Affect Our Kids

Posted November 20th, 2012 by

You’ve heard the term “fiscal cliff” and you’ve heard about how lawmakers in Washington can’t agree on spending or taxes. But here’s what you probably haven’t heard: The federal budget negotiations happening right now may result in deep cuts to programs that benefit the next generation of Americans — the young people who are this [...]

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Why Washington’s “Fiscal Cliff” is a Myth

Posted November 14th, 2012 by

They don’t call it the “cliff” for nothing.  It’s the fiscal spot where a nation’s representatives can gather and cry doom.  It’s the place — if Washington is to be believed — where, with a single leap into the Abyss of Sequestration, those representatives can end it all for the rest of us. In the [...]

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The Presidential Debate You Won’t Hear

Posted October 3rd, 2012 by

The U.S. education system is what made this country prosperous in the twentieth century — but no longer. Perhaps no issue is more urgent than this, yet for all the talk of teacher’s unions and testing, real education programs, ideas that will matter, are nonexistent this election season. Flickr/ Joe Shlabotnik During the last century, the [...]

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Washington, Are You Listening? Invest in Education with One Simple Change

Posted August 20th, 2012 by

Patrick Pylvainen grew up in a small town outside Minneapolis. The Minnesotan college student has seven siblings, so he borrows money for his tuition — Stafford loans from the federal government, plus loans from private banks that require interest payments while he’s still in school. Now, those more affordable federal loans are in jeopardy. The [...]

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4 Biggest Government Spending Myths Debunked

Posted July 24th, 2012 by

This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website and Mother Jones. We’re at the edge of the cliff of deficit disaster! National security spending is being, or will soon be, slashed to the bone! Obamacare will sink the ship of state! Each of these claims has grabbed national attention in a big way, sucking up [...]

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