A Glimmer of Hope on the Budget Horizon

Earlier this week Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) announced a budget deal that would, remarkably, provide a short-term era of budget stability in the nation’s capital for the first time in three years. While the deal is small and has some unattractive qualities, such as lower take-home pay for federal workers…

Sequestration’s Impact on the Military

It’s important to realize that sequestration cuts that impact the military aren’t just coming from cuts to discretionary military spending. The problem with sequestration is that it puts through across-the-board cuts to all discretionary spending. Education, Science, Health, Military… the whole range of our nation’s best programs receive systematic cuts without regard to what those programs…

How Has Sequestration Impacted You?

The impact of sequestration—the across-the-board cuts to discretionary spending done without discretion—instituted huge cuts that impacted everyday Americans, but the voices of those impacted remained relatively quiet. Why haven’t the affects been heard? Because they impacted the quietest voices: children, the poor, and middle class Americans who feel they have no right to demand anything.…

Making Children a Priority

Spending for American children is an investment. When we help children grow and succeed, we are paving the way for our country’s next generation of workers and leaders. Investing in our children means investing in a world-class education, making sure every child starts kindergarten ready to learn, every teenager who aspires to a college education…

Poverty Stuck in Place: Should Zip Codes Determine Prosperity?

Should your zip code in the United States determine what opportunities your children and families have? Unfortunately, it does. The map above shows the distribution of children living in poverty within each county of the United States. Counties right next to each other have drastically different amount of children living below the poverty threshold. This…

Resources for the Sequester and Beyond

The past couple of years have featured a dizzying array of information on the federal budget, deficit reduction plans, and sequestration. If you’re having trouble keeping it all straight, don’t feel bad – you’re not alone. We’ve compiled a few of our favorite resources just for you. Check them out below. Resource: Coalition on Human Needs…