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Feb 8, 2016

Top 400 Taxpayers See Tax Rates Rise, But There’s More to the Story

As Americans were gathering party supplies to greet the New Year, the Internal Revenue Service released their annual report of cumulative tax data reported on the 400 tax r...

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Feb 4, 2016

Chlorine Bleach Plants Needlessly Endanger 63 Million Americans

Chlorine bleach plants across the U.S. put millions of Americans in danger of a chlorine gas release, a substance so toxic it has been used as a chemical weapon. Greenpeace’s new repo...

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Jan 25, 2016

U.S. Industrial Facilities Reported Fewer Toxic Releases in 2014

The Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) data for 2014 is now available. The good news: total toxic releases by reporting facilities decreased by nearly six percent from 2013 levels. Howe...

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Jan 22, 2016

Methane Causes Climate Change. Here's How the President Plans to Cut Emissions by 40-45 Percent.

  UPDATE (Jan. 22, 2016): Today, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released its proposed rule to reduce methane emissions...

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The Omnibus Spending Bill and the Budget Process

The omnibus appropriations legislation is still pending. While most of the criticism about the bill has focused on the amount of "pork" it contains, the real problem is the seriously flawed budget process it reflects.

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Congress' Unfinished Business

Congress left for the Thanksgiving break after passing less than half of the 2004 appropriations bills that fund government.

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Appropriations Update

It looks like congress will go home for vacation leaving more than half of the annual appropriations bills unfinished.

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The Fiscal Crisis Affecting the Nonprofit Sector

Some charts from a recent presentation by Gary Bass:

The Fiscal Crisis Affecting the Nonprofit Sector (.doc)

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Glossary of Important Budget Terms

Ellen Taylor has compiled a nice glossary of budget terms.

See: OMB Watch - Glossary of Important Budget Terms.

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Glossary of Important Budget Terms

A list of frequently used budget terms and their definitions, along with some links to other budget and economic glossaries.

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Spending Cuts? What Spending Cuts?

The long-term picture for discretionary domestic spending looks grim.

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Appropriations, the Only Legislation Congress Must Pass Every Year

An omnibus appropriation bills seems all but inevitable, since Congress still hasn't passed eight of the thirteen appropriations bills that fund government.

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Economy and Jobs Watch: Taking the Long View

Current economic policy is becoming unsustainable. Current and projected federal deficits are reaching the point where many economic commentators worry about the long-run viability of current policy.

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Living in the Shadow of Danger: Poverty, Race, and Unequal Chemical Facility Hazards

People of color and people living in poverty, especially poor children of color, are significantly more likely...

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A Tale of Two Retirements: One for CEOs and One for the Rest of Us

The 100 largest CEO retirement funds are worth a combined $4.9 billion, equal to the entire retirement account savings of 41 percent of American fam...

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