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Trump(eting) The Budget

May 19, 2017 | Budget & Tax

Trump(eting) The Budget The first full budget of the Trump Administration is expected to be released on Tuesday.  This will be the version – with thousands of... Read More


May 12, 2017 | Budget & Tax

Omnibusting A week ago the long, winding saga of the omnibus spending bill to fund government in fiscal year (FY) 2017 came to an end. More than... Read More

Yet Another Flood, Again

As forecasts call for more rain in throughout the flood ravaged Midwest, it serves as a tragic reminder. Sadly, these “historic” levels... Read More

A New Dawn at USDA

April 28, 2017 | Agriculture

A New Dawn at USDA More than three months after Inauguration Day, the United States Department of Agriculture now has a Secretary. Former Governor of... Read More

Crunch Time on Spending Bill

April 21, 2017 | Budget & Tax

Crunch Time on Spending Bill The clock is ticking. The legislation authorizing government funding expires April 28, a mere week away. Congress is still in recess... Read More

Congress Must Reform the Broken Tax Code

April 14, 2017 |

Congress Must Reform the Broken Tax Code As if you didn’t know, tax day is right around the corner. You do get a slight reprieve in that you don’t have to pay Uncle Sam his due... Read More

Air Force Nominee’s Flights of Fancy

April 07, 2017 | National Security

Air Force Nominee’s Flights of Fancy The Senate Armed Services Committee recently held a hearing on former Congresswoman Heather Wilson’s nomination to be Air Force... Read More

Harvesting Taxpayer Cash

March 31, 2017 | Agriculture

Harvesting Taxpayer Cash It’s planting season across the country, and in Washington the Agriculture Committees are preparing the legislative fields for a new... Read More

Performance Budgeting

March 24, 2017 | Budget & Tax

Performance Budgeting Most of the coverage of President Trump’s “skinny” budget focused on spending cuts, eliminated agencies, and boosted defense and... Read More

The Skinniest Budget Proposal

March 17, 2017 | Budget & Tax

The Skinniest Budget Proposal The President’s “skinny” budget request for fiscal year 2018 came out this week – sort of. These requests from newby Presidents are... Read More

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