State Fact Sheets for December

January 2, 2014

Get the latest on your state’s unemployment rate, economic condition, budget deficit and more with our State Fact Sheets. The most up to date fiscal and economic data for all 50 states in one place.

Wastebook Cliff Notes

December 19, 2013

Every year Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) compiles a “Wastebook” detailing Washington’s questionable government spending. This year’s “Wastebook” features 100 examples of wasteful spending, totaling $30 billion. Not enough time to read the full “Wastebook”? No problem, we did it for you. Check out our Wastebook Cliff Notes below for a brief summary of the most outrageous cases of wasteful spending.

Report Identifies $30 Billion In Questionable Federal Spending | Wednesday Waste

Wednesday Waste | By Mike Decker | December 18, 2013

On Dec. 18, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) released his annual “Wastebook” documenting questionable government spending during FY 2013. The report identifies 100 examples totaling more than $30 billion in questionable federal expenses. The spending examples range from questionable grants awarded by the National Science Foundation for wineries all the way to extra costs incurred due to the government shutdown. Here are a few of the examples highlighted in the report.

By the Numbers Breakdown: December Edition

December 12, 2013

The numbers say it all: Washington has spent its way into a fiscal crisis. This unsustainable habit will have consquences on future generations unless Congress can work together and enact lasting change.

November Federal Deficit | Breaking It Down

December 12, 2013

The U.S. Treasury Department announced yesterday the federal government ran a $135. 2 billion deficit during the month of November. We take a look at this number, and what else is buried in the Treasury Department’s monthly statement of U.S. finances, in today’s “Breaking It Down.”

Budget Deal Announced | Spending Daily

December 11, 2013

Last night Senate Budget Chair Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and House Budget Chair Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) announced they’d arrived at a deal on the fiscal year 2014 budget. Their announcement was either three days early – based on the agreement that ended the government shutdown they had until Dec. 13 to announce a plan – or awfully late, if you consider April 15 is the date by which Congress is supposed to finish up its budget resolution.

Congress’s Twitter Habit | Money’s Worth

December 9, 2013

Rank and file members of Congress earn $174,000 a year, or $3,346 per week. For that money, last week got some pretty funny deleted Tweets (but no long-term plan to address the nation’s debt and deficit issues).

CBO Proposes Raising Direct Regulatory Cost | Regulation Watch

November 22, 2013

Last week the Congressional Budget Office released a report that offered members of Congress more than 100 ways to reduce the federal budget deficit. The list included some spending cuts and some tax increases. It also included recommendations for raising funds through the nation’s regulatory structure.

Increase In National Debt | Breaking It Down

November 21, 2013

The Congressional Budget Office announced yesterday that the federal government could use extraordinary measure to avoid reaching its current debt limit until March … or maybe June. With that announcement, we thought we would reminder readers exactly where our national debt stands … which we also hope will remind readers how urgent it is that Washington come up with a plan to reduce it.

PIN IT: Federal Matters

November 19, 2013

The “Federal Matters” story continues as our family receives some unexpected Thanksgiving guests, courtesy of Uncle Beltway.