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In Tuesday night’s budget we can expect a last ditch attempt to woo voters ahead of the election in May. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

It’s your money they’re spending in this election-eve budget. Here’s how we’re covering the story

It’s your money they’re spending in this election-eve budget. Here’s how we’re covering the story. The Conversation5.73 MB (download)
The Conversation's editors and experts are off to Canberra for budget lockup at parliament house next Tuesday. They'll have early access to what the government plans to do with our money this year.
Canadian finance minister Bill Morneau announced funding for a new Canadian Drug Agency in the 2019 Federal Budget. Here he speaks at a press conference in Toronto, March 20, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

Federal budget: A Canadian Drug Agency and rare disease funding are not enough

A new agency and money for drugs for rare diseases are only very partial steps on the road towards what Canada really needs: a national pharmacare plan.
Members of Congress, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., second from right, walk toward the Capitol building, Jan. 4, 2019. AP/Andrew Harnik

Would bringing back pork-barrel spending end government shutdowns?

Banned since 2011, pork-barrel spending may well help Congress pass bills on schedule. Now, a powerful Democratic lawmaker said she'd like to resurrect the practice to make passing budgets easier.
The White House favors public-private partnerships for widening congested roads and getting other pricey projects done. AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

Why Trump’s infrastructure ambitions are likely to stall

The $1.5 trillion plan he's proposing would do the most for ventures that don't really need the government's help and ignores some major obstacles to private investment.
AIDS activists stage a ‘die-in’ in 1992 in Houston about lack of funding for AIDS research under President George H.W. Bush. Rick McFarland/AP

HIV/AIDS funding is an investment worth protecting

New treatments and prevention programs have inhibited the spread of HIV/AIDS since June 5, 1981, when the CDC first reported what would become HIV. Here's why it's important not to cut funding now.

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