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06/07/2017

Senate appropriators of both parties told Sec. DeVos that the FY 2018 budget request, which would cut education funding by $9.2 billion (about 13%), was dead on arrival. Members said plans to reduce funding for student aid and consolidate student loan services were going nowhere, and efforts to end federal aid for before- and after-school programs stood no chance of winning support. Chairman Roy Blunt said, “The kinds of cuts that are proposed in this budget will not occur.”

The 2017 Camelot Index. Any guesses about the top-ranking state?
04/20/2017
April 2017, Volume 35, Issue 7 | Federal Funds Information for States

The 2017 Camelot Index. Any guesses about the top-ranking state?

founding editor Hal Hovey, a longtime observer and analyst of state budgets and economies. It ranks states on six “quality of life” measures: economy, health, crime, education, society, and state government.

12/08/2016

If you receive a phone call from someone saying you have been chosen to receive a grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), don't believe it. It is a scam.

10/30/2015
Grants 101: Intro to Federal Grants for State and Local Governments | Federal Funds Information...

We're thrilled to have completed this primer on federal grants. Even better, it's available to anyone. Take a look!

FFIS demystifies the flow of federal funds to their many recipients using charts, graphs, and words. Grants 101 begins with the big picture and slowly works its way down to a more nuanced description of federal grants and how they work. It even explains why different amounts are attached to grant to…

We released a great new report today on how states can establish a central office to monitor and maximize federal grants...
06/11/2014
Establishing a Grants Office | Federal Funds Information for States

We released a great new report today on how states can establish a central office to monitor and maximize federal grants. Here's the link: http://www.ffis.org/node/3430

A state that chooses to create a grants office typically does so with the primary goals of managing and maximizing federal grant funds. While these are important objectives, the benefits of a grants office extend beyond these dollar-driven missions.

06/10/2014

FFIS, a small non-profit, non-partisan policy research organization, has an immediate opening for a policy analyst.

Responsibilities include tracking, analyzing, and reporting on federal grant-in-aid programs and other federal tax and budget issues of importance to states. Program areas include education, labor, and child nutrition programs, as well as a number of other programs.
The successful applicant should have a Master’s degree in public policy or economics, or 2-3 years relevant experience. Strong writing and quantitative skills are required, and proficiency in Microsoft Excel will be evaluated as part of the interview process. Familiarity with website maintenance is a plus. Recruitment range begins at $48,000, and is based on experience and education. Send resumes to [email protected] by June 20, 2014.

02/04/2014

Today's big (good) news from CBO: "The federal budget deficit has fallen sharply during the past few years, and it is on a path to decline further this year and next year. CBO estimates that under current law, the deficit will total $514 billion in FY 2014, compared with $1.4 trillion in 2009. At that level, this year’s deficit would equal 3.0 percent of the nation’s economic output, or gross domestic product (GDP)—close to the average percentage of GDP seen during the past 40 years."

11/04/2013

From CQ: Record revenues in FYl 2013 are the result of a combination of modest economic growth, investment decisions driven by anticipated tax increases, higher taxes on upper-income earners and a boost in wages and corporate profits. Those factors led to the collection of $2.77 trillion in revenue during FY 2013 and the first annual deficit below $1 trillion in five years, according to a Treasury statement released last week. At $680.3 billion, the FY 2013 deficit is the smallest since FY 2008, and also 37.5% less than the $1.089 trillion FY 2012 deficit. Corporate income receipts jumped 12.9% over FY 2012, likely due to soaring corporate profits and economic growth.

Something fun. Some of these look darned tempting.
10/22/2013
50 States, 50 Sandwiches - Zagat

Something fun. Some of these look darned tempting.

Get the latest buzz on food and restaurants in your city from Zagat. Your guide to the latest restaurant news.

http://wallethub.com/edu/wallethub-shutdown-report-most-least-affected-states/1111/#data-and-graphs
10/11/2013
WalletHub Shutdown Report: Most & Least Affected States | Wallet Hub Education Center

http://wallethub.com/edu/wallethub-shutdown-report-most-least-affected-states/1111/#data-and-graphs

Believe or not, but hundreds of thousands of federal employees missing work may prove to be just the beginning of the 2013 government shutdown story. Not only will the economy incur exponentially more damage the longer the shutdown lasts, but as logistical limitations mount and already-appropriated...

FFIS executive director Marcia Howard appeared on C-SPAN's Washington Journal today. Here is the video.
08/23/2013
Marcia Howard on Sequester Cuts - C-SPAN Video Library

FFIS executive director Marcia Howard appeared on C-SPAN's Washington Journal today. Here is the video.

Marcia Howard talked about the impact a second round of sequestration cuts could have on states federal funding if Congress misses the deadline to reach a deal on budget negotiations by October 1st. She also responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.

Is this deduction really at risk?
08/13/2013
The Deduction for State and Local Taxes

Is this deduction really at risk?

Eliminating the federal deduction for state and local taxes would hit hardest at states leaning Democratic, making such a course appealing to conservatives, an economist writes.

08/01/2013

Sometimes "we told you so" isn't much comfort. See below.

The Maryland grants office does a terrific job of tracking federal funds flowing to the state. Here is the latest annual...
05/13/2013
Annual Report

The Maryland grants office does a terrific job of tracking federal funds flowing to the state. Here is the latest annual report.

I sense something like--but short of--a sea change in attitudes about deficit reduction. Articles like this one are part...
05/09/2013
Deficit Reduction Is Seen by Economists as Impeding Recovery

I sense something like--but short of--a sea change in attitudes about deficit reduction. Articles like this one are part of the reason.

After two years of stalemate on how to spur job creation and slash deficits, the consensus is that fiscal tightening has been a drag on economic recovery.

Will this make any kind of budget deal impossible?
05/08/2013
Whoa! Is the US on the verge of running a budget surplus?

Will this make any kind of budget deal impossible?

The US government ran a surplus of $112 billion in April 2013, according to the Congressional Budget Office, $52 billion more than a year ago. Now April is usually a good month for the treasury tha...

05/06/2013

Not surprising. From CQ: " Hopes that the federal government hitting its borrowing ceiling later this year will spark a grand bargain, as it did in 2011, are fading, as the default deadline has been moved back and lawmakers appear less worried about the consequences.
Economic growth, although still tepid, is stronger this year than it was in 2011. The urgency to address the debt is diminishing, too, with the annual deficit falling from $1.3 trillion two years ago to a projected $845 billion this year. And the Treasury may not exhaust the extraordinary measures it can use to avoid default until November. Pushing back the deadline also pushes off any need to compromise in the near term, one reason the House and Senate appear set to move forward with very different levels for fiscal 2014 discretionary spending. If a big deal is possible, it is likely to come with an overhaul of the tax code tied to modest cuts in entitlement spending and a debt ceiling increase."

Jobs Report Reax: A Durable, Slow Recovery « The Dish
05/03/2013
Jobs Report Reax: A Durable, Slow Recovery « The Dish

Jobs Report Reax: A Durable, Slow Recovery « The Dish

Payrolls increased by 165,000 last month and the unemployment rate ticked down to 7.5%, in a jobs report that painted a considerably brighter picture than last month’s version. In fact, the disappointing 88,000 payroll gain for March was revised up in today’s report to 138,000, and in February, new...

Today's chart: the slow climb back.
05/03/2013
Jobs Report Reax: A Durable, Slow Recovery « The Dish

Today's chart: the slow climb back.

Payrolls increased by 165,000 last month and the unemployment rate ticked down to 7.5%, in a jobs report that painted a considerably brighter picture than last month’s version. In fact, the disappointing 88,000 payroll gain for March was revised up in today’s report to 138,000, and in February, new...

Looks like a bunch of anecdotal information that is probably far from comprehensive, but interesting.
05/02/2013
The United States of Sequestration

Looks like a bunch of anecdotal information that is probably far from comprehensive, but interesting.

It's not just White House tours and airplanes. Here's how budget cuts are hurting people in 50 states.

Again, oy.
05/01/2013
GOP Bill Would Eliminate America's Economic Data

Again, oy.

WASHINGTON -- A group of Republicans are cooking up legislation that could give President Barack Obama an unintentional assist with disagreeable unemployment numbers -- by eliminating the key economic statistic altogether. The bill, introduced last week by Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), would bar the U....

This map shows which states are planning to run their own health care exchanges versus having the federal government run...
02/20/2013
Obamacare’s Left-Leaning Federalism « The Dish

This map shows which states are planning to run their own health care exchanges versus having the federal government run it.

“Now, in an ironic way, some of what progressives wanted is going to happen. The national government will be setting the framework for at least half of the country,” Theda Skocpol, a professor at Harvard University and expert on health care politics and policy, said in an email Tuesday. “State-level...

Here's a short analysis of what the Republican proposal on the debt ceiling means for the budget process.
01/23/2013
GOP Debt Ceiling Gambit May Lead to Year-Long Battle

Here's a short analysis of what the Republican proposal on the debt ceiling means for the budget process.

House Republican lawmakers think they’ve outflanked the White House with the plan to suspend the debt limit for four months while the two sides try to resolve partisan differences over spending cuts, entitlement reform and taxes. But they may be only prolonging a battle that will consume Washington ...

A new report from the Milken Institute ranks the best-performing cities in 2012.
01/17/2013
http://bestcities.milkeninstitute.org/best-performing-cities-about.html

A new report from the Milken Institute ranks the best-performing cities in 2012.

Why are some places in America prospering, and some struggling? What separates the cities that are positioned well for the future from those that are still mired in the setbacks inflicted by the financial crisis and the Great Recession? Our annual Best-Performing Cities index provides a data-driven,...

01/03/2013
TPC Tax Calculator

Interested in the impact of the new tax laws? Take a look.

The calculator is a tool to help you understand how current tax policy affects real families and what would happen if we changed that policy. With this version, you can compare four alternative tax policies to see how different taxpayers would make out in 2013:

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