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Washington state cut both merit raises and instituted furloughs as it faced a projected $8.8 billion budget deficit because of the coronavirus. Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images

Coronavirus’s painful side effect is deep budget cuts for state and local government services

State and local government jobs are being axed, public schools won't get money the state planned to send them, and fire and police departments budgets are being slashed. All because of the pandemic.
ABC once viewed sports coverage as integral to its mission of nation-building. But in recent years, it has grown far more ambivalent about sports. Dean Lewins/AAP

Nation-building to ‘national shame’: the ABC’s complex role as sports broadcaster

ABC's decision to ax its radio coverage of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has been labeled a 'complete shame'. But from a financial viewpoint, the broadcaster had few other options.
Macquarie University is hit harder than others, but domestic enrolments across Australia aren’t increasing like they used to. from shutterstock.com

Enrolments flatlining: Australian unis’ financial strife in three charts

In 2018, domestic numbers for undergraduate courses fell for the first time since 2013 – they will remain stagnant for some years. This and other factors put unis at face financial risk.
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. Reuters/Stephen Jaffee

Welfare as we know it now: 6 questions answered

Trump's rationale for cutting the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program rests on a myth at odds with contemporary data.
Relatively few low-income Americans are getting welfare payments these days. Christine Hoi/Shutterstock.com

The bigotry baked into welfare cuts

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. Rawpixel.com/Shutterstock.com

The Trump team’s poor arguments for slashing SNAP

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.
Not much science will get done without the money to fund people and equipment. Michael Pereckas

Who feels the pain of science research budget cuts?

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.

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