More Budgets and Deficits Articles

  • No national system to track landslide hazards

    SEATTLE — People living in the path of a deadly Washington state landslide had virtually no warning before a wall of mud, trees and other debris thundered down the mountain. Some of the homeowners didn't even know the hillside could give way at any time. Unlike the warning systems and...

  • Negotiations to begin on Oklahoma budget, policy

    Oklahoma's governor and Republican legislative leaders agree in principle on cutting taxes, a multi-million dollar overhaul of the Capitol and revamping the pension system for state workers, but each side has different ideas on the specifics.

  • New York leaders, Gov. Andrew Cuomo reach deal on budget

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders have reached agreement on a $140 billion budget that would provide some tax relief for businesses, homeowners and renters and add $340 million for pre-kindergarten mainly in New York City.

  • 5 Things to Know about the Colorado budget

    DENVER (AP) — The Colorado House approved a $23 billion budget Friday. The spending plan heads to the Senate for consideration next week. Here are 5 things to know about the budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. HOW BIG IS THE BUDGET? The proposed budget is larger than the current budget...

  • Big Ideas: On serving sizes, sales taxes and green eating

    One size rarely fits all. You wouldn't buy clothes from a store offering only the largest sizes, blindly accepting the word of the proprietor that a super-sized pair of slacks is what you want and need.

  • North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, NC DOT secretary worried about road money

    McCrory told a North Carolina Chamber conference the state's transportation projects will be delayed if Congress fails to re-authorize a law expiring this fall.

  • Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn: Extending income tax hike is 'tough choice'

    Gov. Pat Quinn knows trying to make the state's temporary income tax increase permanent will be a "tough choice" for Illinois lawmakers, but that the issue could be even tougher for voters who'll decide if the Chicago Democrat gets another term.

  • Colorado has more money to spend next year

    DENVER (AP) — Colorado's public schools and colleges are getting hundreds of millions in next year's proposed budget to make up for cuts in previous years, and with the economy on the upswing, there's money left over to save for a rainy day. But more money to spend means more wrangling when...

  • House Republicans attempt to renew focus on debt

    House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling is trying to draw attention back to the nation’s mounting debt ahead of midterm elections that are more likely to revolve around Obamacare. The Texas Republican scheduled a series of hearings on the debt, he says, after reading a...

  • Do North Carolinians love corporate welfare?

    Politicians of both parties like to attack "corporate welfare," because the attack taps into both liberal and conservative sensibilities.

  • Correction: United States-Asia-Military story

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story March 25 about top U.S. military officers in the Asia-Pacific region voicing concern about the impact of budget cuts, The Associated Press incorrectly spelled the name of the commander of U.S. forces in South Korea, Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti. A corrected version of...

  • New York lawmakers say budget talks progressing

    New York legislative leaders who met for hours behind closed doors Tuesday trying to finalize the state budget due next week came away saying they were making progress.

  • Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn ready to present state budget proposal

    Quinn is expected to stress his election-year theme of protecting the middle class as he presents a budget address Wednesday that political experts and lawmakers say could be his toughest yet.

  • Senate Democrats, heeding GOP objections, strip IMF measure from Ukraine aid bill

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., announced Tuesday he has stripped the IMF provision from the Senate bill, even though Democrats, President Obama and some Republicans support it.

  • Md. House Republicans discuss fiscal issues

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland House Republicans say the state shouldn't use money that had been planned to strengthen the long-term finances of the pension system to fill a budget hole. The House Minority Caucus released an alternative budget plan on Tuesday. The GOP plan would restore the...

From the Weekly Standard

  • Through a Google Glass, Darkly

    “Just because something bears the aspect of the inevitable one should not, therefore, go along willingly with it.” ​—​Philip K. Dick

  • 2014 ≠ 2016

    Polls are overrated, but they can be still instructive. So what’s to be learned from a Fox News survey of 1,012 registered voters conducted April 13-15? 

  • As Goes North Carolina

    Raleigh, N.C.  To win the Senate, Republicans must win North Carolina. While it’s mathematically possible to take the Senate without ousting Democratic senator Kay Hagan, the chances of that...