There are some hopeful signs for education policy coming out of the new federal spending bill, and not just for the programs that got big wins. In addition to restoring most of the federal money cut during the sequester, the bill also includes some tweaks to school turnaround that suggest a rewrite of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) might actually be possible at some point. Continue Reading
Last week, the chairs of the budget committees in the U.S. House and Senate announced a budget deal that provides for additional discretionary funding in federal fiscal years 2014 and 2015, which is offset with lower spending and higher fees over the decade. The House passed the deal last week with a bipartisan vote, and the Senate passed it this week. Continue Reading
Federal budget cuts to housing assistance for low-income renters “have left local Minnesota authorities scrambling to keep their programs solvent and administer needed housing assistance,” according to a new report. Continue Reading
Congress has just passed a budget for Fiscal Year 2014. The amount authorized in the budget is $1.012 trillion. This amount covers only federal discretionary spending and does not reflect the reality of what our federal government spends in totality. So, where does all the money come from, and where does it go? Continue Reading
Budget cuts since 2010 and the subsequent across-the-board cut called “sequestration” that went into effect earlier this year are razing havoc with Minnesota communities’ public housing programs, a new study by Minnesota housing experts reveals. Continue Reading
Responding to successive cuts in federal funding, University of Minnesota Extension announced Monday it will scale back a program that helps low-income families make healthy, cost-effective food choices.
The federal government shutdown has ended and the debt ceiling crisis averted, but serious concerns remain about whether Congress will take a path that supports economic growth and boosts Americans’ living standards, or instead will focus too much on deficit reduction and in the process, increase hardship and slow down the economic recovery. Continue Reading
From street cars and rapid buses to expanding rural and exurban mobility, many Minnesota communities have ambitious plans for transit. In the past, federal funding has been a key tool to finance local transit needs and expansions. Continue Reading