Budgets (page 6)

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    Federal workers to feel shutdown pain Thursday

    Sean Higgins of the Washington Examiner assesses the immediate impact for federal workers of the partial federal government shutdown. Federal workers affected by the partial government shutdown will miss their first paycheck on Thursday of this week, the date that the funds are set to go out through…
    Mitch Kokai, January 9, 2019
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    Why 70 percent tax rates won’t work

    Brian Riedl uses a National Review Online column to address U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal for 70 percent top marginal tax rates. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s call for a 70 percent income-tax rate to finance green-energy initiatives has energized the Left. Yet this is completely destructive proposal. A 70…
    Mitch Kokai, January 9, 2019
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    Wisconsin’s Walker leaves with a positive achievement

    As Scott Walker leaves the Wisconsin governor’s office, Bethany Blankley writes for the Washington Free Beacon about one of his most impressive accomplishments. Gov. Scott Walker leaves office next week, finishing his second term by posting a budget surplus for the eighth year in a row. Wisconsin ended…
    Mitch Kokai, January 8, 2019
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    An interesting lesson from the government ‘shutdown’

    Can you tell that the federal government has “shut down“? If not, Christopher Buskirk offers a Spectator column that helps explain why. [F]or all of the breathless commentary from Beltway media, the reality is that the federal government can’t even shut itself down properly. Only about 25 percent…
    Mitch Kokai, January 3, 2019
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    Placing the border wall budget fight in perspective

    While $5 billion amounts to a lot of money, Jay Cost of National Review Online explains why the fight over that level of funding for a southern border wall seems odd in the context of a much larger federal budget. This year, the United States government will have…
    Mitch Kokai, January 2, 2019
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    Hood asks whether politicians really want to lead

    John Hood’s Daily Journal focuses on politicians who want to exhibit real leadership.
    Mitch Kokai, December 26, 2018
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    The Republican-led General Assembly has had success in recent years cutting tax rates, increasing spending on high-priority items, setting aside money for a rainy day, and still balancing the state budget. They’ll face new challenges in the new year. Joseph Coletti dissects those challenges in the next edition of…
    Mitch Kokai, December 21, 2018
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    The problem of ‘backdoor’ spending

    Quin Hillyer of the Washington Examiner probes a little-known piece of the federal government spending problem. Analysts often speak figuratively about “out of control” federal spending, but a House subcommittee hearing this week showed that most federal spending quite literally is out of control. As in, Congress doesn’t…
    Mitch Kokai, December 18, 2018