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Budget Digest: What is Budget Season?

The congressional “budget season” typically refers to the critical months between February and April when key events occur that contribute to the construction and congressional…

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BUDGET DIGEST: SNAP Reform

Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) finalized a rule to improve work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the federal government’s…

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BUDGET DIGEST: Improper Payments

Unfortunately, the federal government continues to waste significant amounts of taxpayer funds through mismanagement. Improper payments are defined by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) as…

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BUDGET DIGEST: Why the Debt Matters

The Federal Debt is on an Unsustainable Trajectory. The publicly-held debt has averaged 42 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) over the last 50 years;…

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BUDGET DIGEST: PAYGO 101

What Is PAYGO? Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGO) refers to budget rules or laws that require legislation to be deficit neutral – increases in mandatory spending or reductions…

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Budget Digest: Automatic Stabilizers

What are automatic stabilizers? Automatic stabilizers are “features built into the economy’s tax and transfer system that lower taxes and increase spending as the economy…

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