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  • Prison reform
    California with a blueprint for New Jersey and prison reform
    Over the last decade and a half, New Jersey has been one of the better states when it comes to reducing the prison population. It saw a decease by 26% from 1999 to 2012 while the nation's average rate increased by 10%. Just as important was...
  • Vegan lifestyle on a strict budget
    Vegan on a budget
    One of the main downfalls to a vegan diet is its inherent costliness. There is a stigma surrounding plant-based diets because they are considered to be substantially overpriced. Just like every other diet, veganism is as costly as the consumer...
  • 2015 Legislative Session
    Five more states began legislative sessions in last few weeks
    Part 4 of a series regarding legislative sessions with links to budgets and general session information.SB 234, in Hawaii, proposes “a retail employer to pay a retail employee who works on a state holiday at a wage rate of three times the...
  • Governor Bill Haslam
    Governor’s requested budget cuts will affect 15,000 Tennesseans
    Governor Bill Haslam has requested that all Tennessee state agencies cut their budget by 7 percent. This may seem reasonable to some but a closer look at one agency shows just how much this proposed cut will affect Tennesseans.The Department of...
  • Schaffnertasche mit Galoppwechsler (a conductors bag with a money changer)
    How secure are your finances
    Although it's been reported that the economy is improving, almost 90% of Americans said that they are feeling a lot of anxiety in regard to money. This information was gathered by the American Psychological Association. When asked by surveyors...
  • 'Ava's Adventure' by Laura Pedersen: Picture book for older readers
    'Ava's Adventure' by Laura Pedersen: Picture book for older readers
    "Ava's Adventure" by Laure Pedersen and illustrated by Penny Weber is about a young girl (maybe around 10) who is invited to go snowboarding for the weekend with a friend and his family. Her parents tell her that they can't...
  • 99 cent stores are a good place to get cards and token gifts at low cost.
    Ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day inexpensively
    February 14th marks Valentine’s Day 2015—a day to celebrate those you love and cherish. Even though Valentine’s Day is often associated with romantic love, it can also be celebrated between family and friends. Although most...
  • Required and expected outcomes
    Producing a sustainable government isn't the goal
    In the Washington Post today, a report mentions that Obama wants Republicans to support a budget that will provide a “sustainable government”. While sustainability is a popular idea, this use of the term is miscast. Here is why.The...
  • House Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX)
    Reaction to Obama's NASA budget proposal tepid at best
    Thus far, the reaction to President Obama’s 2016 NASA budget proposal has been tepid, at best, on Capitol Hill. The reaction of Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, the chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, which oversees the...
  • Rome
    How to save money for travel
    Sticking to a budget and saving money can be difficult, especially for those who want to save for a trip. With just a few adjustments to your lifestyle, it can make your dream vacation a reality.Travel is a possibility and can be done if you focus...
  • White House proposes $1.2B budget to fight antibiotic resistance
    White House proposes $1.2B budget to fight antibiotic resistance
    The White House’s stance on antibiotic resistance is that it is “one of the most pressing public health issues facing the world today.” That’s why on Tuesday, the White House announced via press release that President Obama...
  • Marketing On a Budget
    Marketing Budget A Little Tight? Use These 8 Tips to Get Noticed
    Getting your small business noticed by your target market usually requires cash. This doesn't mean, however, that you have to blow your whole budget or go overboard with your marketing efforts. If your marketing budget is less than you would...
  • No Budget, No Pay Act
    No Budget, No Pay Act
    One day after U.S. Representative Reid Ribble (R-WI) was sworn in and made the statement that he does not take doing the work of the people lightly and will tackle hard issues like getting spending under control, push for long-term budgeting, work...
  • Budget-Legislative Session
    Nine states convening legislative sessions January 7, 2015
    Part 2 of a series regarding legislative sessions with links to budgets and general session information.Nine states, Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont and Wisconsin convene their 2015...
  • paul ryan
    Paul Ryan’s budget plan for 2013 could be revived in the new 114th Congress
    The second version of the Rep. Paul Ryan budget which could be revived in the new Congress would be a big blow to the middle and lower classes. Ryan’s plan is to cut an additional $5 trillion more than the Obama administration mainly through...