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  • The entrance and logo of a Social Security Office in Pasadena

    Chart of the Day: Americans Using Government Programs

    The federal welfare program called Temporary Assistance for Needy Families delivers cash aid to about 2.5 million people, or less than 1 percent of the U.S. population — “far smaller than the share...

  • U.S. President Trump participates in tour of U.S.-Mexico border wall prototypes near Otay Mesa Port of Entry in San Diego, California

    Why Trump’s Border Wall Could Cost More Than $25 Billion

    By Michael Rainey

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection has analyzed several types of barriers for use on the Southwestern border but has failed to estimate the costs of building those barriers in all relevant locations...

  • A firefighter watches the flames of the Carr Fire advance as it burns west of Redding

    Is Congress Headed for a Disaster Relief Showdown?

    By Michael Rainey

    Deficit hawks warn that soaring budget shortfalls and rising national debt will leave less fiscal space — or at least the perception of less fiscal space — for lawmakers to respond to the next...

  • Fiscal Policy Gives the Economy a Boost

    By Michael Rainey

    Federal, state and local fiscal policies boosted GDP growth by 0.6 percentage points in the second quarter, according to an analysis by the Hutchins Center on Fiscal & Monetary Policy at the...

  • Public Pensions Face a $5 Trillion Hole

    By The Fiscal Times Staff

    “Many cities and states can no longer afford the unsustainable retirement promises made to millions of public workers over many years,” writes The Wall Street Journal’s Sarah Krouse . “By one...

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