Students protest Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s budget cuts at the University of Alaska, Anchorage campus.
The Alaska Landmine
How did Alaska, one of the richest states in the Union, end up with budget cuts that lawmakers on both sides say could wreck the state's future? One answer's found in three letters: PFD.
More than 40 million Americans rely on SNAP for groceries.
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Cutting the program formerly known as food stamps would hurt low-income Americans and the whole economy.
Treasurer Scott Morrison played it safe with the 2018-19 budget.
Even though this year’s budget is pretty good politics and reasonable economics, on almost every front, it is a missed opportunity to be bold.
Students at Berkeley campus.
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Post-World War II California built an unrivalled system of higher education combining access, affordability and choice. Then a contraction of the vision came in the 1980s.
A federal housing incentive could have untapped potential.
With some tinkering, a federal tax credit that encourages developers to create new units that low-income Americans can afford to rent might yield other benefits.
When President Bill Cllinton officially ended welfare as we knew it, he was flanked by women who had received Aid to Families with Dependent Children.
Trump's rationale for cutting the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program rests on a myth at odds with contemporary data.
Impacts of federal research funding can be felt region-wide.
Research dollars don't stay locked up in academia and government labs. R&D collaborations with the private sector are common – and grow the innovation economy.
Relatively few low-income Americans are getting welfare payments these days.
Misleading stereotypes help explain why the share of families living in poverty who benefit from a core assistance program has plummeted -- and why Trump wants new cuts.
SNAP helps millions of Americans get food on their tables.
Cutting the program formerly known as food stamps would hurt low-income Americans and the whole economy. As research indicates that it's working well, this drive to defund is baffling experts.
The Trump administration wants to shrink the safety net.
The best way to assess a program's effectiveness is see how well it meets the goals for which it was created. Maybe someone could tell the Trump administration.
Not much science will get done without the money to fund people and equipment.
What are research dollars actually spent on? Rather than looking at artifacts like publications and patents, a new initiative directly tracks the people and businesses that receive research funding.
Trump wants to build more aircraft carriers but doesn’t have a strategy yet for how to use them.
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Trump's first budget proposal would boost defense spending by US$52 billion, but his desired military buildup is premised on misleading claims and lacks a strategic vision.
With the right help, ARENA can help deliver many more solar farms.
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The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has survived, amid a groundswell of domestic and overseas support. Its budget has been chopped, but here's how it can still drive the renewable energy revolution.
Australia has been a world leader in solar panel development.
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An open letter from 190 solar energy researchers in defence of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, which has funded world-leading research.
Cities don't have much control over national policies – but that doesn't mean there's nothing they can do.
Can Berkeley stay Berkeley after budget cuts?
State support for public research universities declined by 28 percent between 2003 and 2013. So, why does it matter?
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We often get the facts wrong, but how we feel about austerity has serious consequences for the political class.
Fully stocked – for now.
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The government's austerity programme hasn't just put the poor under terrible pressure – it's actually breached Britain's international legal obligations.
President Joko Widodo is not crying over cuts to Australian aid for Indonesia.
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Australia has cut aid to Indonesia by 40%. That may cause diplomatic displeasure, but the country has restructured its development programs in recent years to be less dependent on foreign money.
Joe Hockey, pictured arriving for the Liberal leadership spill in February, would not be delivering his second budget had Tony Abbott lost that vote.
In just a year, the Abbott government has gone from a radical nation-changing budget to promising a 'dull' one. Are we to believe the ideological zeal is gone, or has the survival instinct kicked in?