Worsening economic inequality in recent years is largely the result of policy choices that reflect the political influence and lobbying power of the rich. There is now a self-reinforcing pattern of high profits, low investment, and rising inequality
The Trump administration has, in keeping with GOP spending priorities over a number of years, consistently asked for Census Bureau budgets that don’t even begin to keep pace with the financial needs of the Bureau as Census 2020 approaches.
Jason Grotto and Sandhya Kambhampati, ProPublica Illinois, and Dan Mihalopoulos, WBEZ Chicago
Between 2012 and 2017, DHS spending for gambling addiction declined 20% even as the number of video gambling machines grew dramatically around the state and appropriations increased slightly. The number of people receiving services dropped by 37%
The “Subway Scam” ads are the latest baloney from the Center for Union Facts, a corporate-backed nonprofit devoted to attacking unions. According to recent tax filings, its funders include hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer, a major backer of the Trump presidential campaign and Breitbart News.
The continuing resolution Congress passed in December came with a small band aid, giving CHIP a new $2.85 billion so the program could scrape by for a few more weeks. But it’s not even the only critical health program Congress has failed to allocate funding for.