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The new $2.45 billion question at Amtrak

August 30, 2016 | Washington Examiner |

Amtrak got a whopping $2.45 billion loan from the Transportation Department last week, but it's still unclear whether the heavily subsidized... Read More

Fatal Louisiana flood should be a wake up call for Congress

August 29, 2016 | The Hill |

Last week’s devastating flood in Louisiana was declared a ‘1-in-1,000-year event,’ but comes after similar storms hit Maryland, Texas and West... Read More

Georgia port officials defend top execs’ pay; critics call it excessive

August 29, 2016 | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution |

The past two directors of the Georgia Ports Authority will combine to earn $1 million in pension payments alone this year. The... Read More

Opinion: More cheesy government bailouts

August 27, 2016 | The Gazette (Iowa) | Agriculture

Hoping to bolster dairy farmers once again facing steep price declines, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it will spend $20 million... Read More

Feingold: Johnson voted five times for tax breaks that help ship Wisconsin jobs overseas

August 26, 2016 | PolitiFact | Budget & Tax

In the race for the U.S. Senate, a new TV ad from challenger Russ Feingold claims that U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, the Republican incumbent, "voted... Read More

Opinion: Congressman Doug LaMalfa duped city of Chico into giving him a free campaign stop venue

August 26, 2016 | Chico News & Review |

My invitation to Congressman Doug LaMalfa’s recent “community coffee” at Chico’s Fire Station 5 must have gotten lost in the mail. I mean, his... Read More

Government cheese: Dairy subsidies are hard to swallow

August 25, 2016 | The Daily News of Newburyport | Agriculture

Some might say too much cheese is a good problem to have. Finally, shoppers at the grocery store can afford pricier cheese for their... Read More

Helping dairy farms, USDA buys $20 million worth of cheese

August 24, 2016 | Eagle-Tribune |

WASHINGTON -- Moving to bolster dairy farmers who are struggling to cope with price declines, the Agriculture Department announced Tuesday it... Read More

FEMA Proposes Fed Funded Projects be Built on Higher Ground

August 23, 2016 | Construction Equipment |

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) proposed regulations Monday that would require companies and homeowners using federal funds on... Read More

CT defense industry hurt by Congress’ inaction on spending bill

August 23, 2016 | The CT Mirror | National Security

Washington – Connecticut lawmakers are facing a major obstacle in their attempts to boost the number of helicopters, airplane engines and... Read More

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August 26, 2016

Costly Decade to Come

“In fiscal year 2016, the federal budget deficit will increase in relation to economic output for the first time... Read More