• Education

    Biden unveils $1.5 trillion budget plan for 2022

    Many of the programs Biden seeks to fund at higher levels starting in October are initiatives that President Donald Trump had unsuccessfully tried to slash while in the White House. In a further break with Trump, who labored to spend sizable sums on defense during his term, Biden’s new plan calls for a less than 2 percent increase for the military in the upcoming fiscal year. Story continues below advertisement But the administration’s approach quickly divided lawmakers from both parties. Senior Senate Republicans accused the president of trying to shortchange the Pentagon, alleging that this would put the country at a disadvantage against China. Meanwhile, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and…

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  • Jobs

    White House aides prep $3 trillion jobs and infrastructure package for Biden

    The proposal, which Biden’s top advisers have been deliberating over for weeks, would be segmented into two separate parts — one focused on infrastructure and clean energy, and a second focused on what’s being termed the “care economy” with a focus zeroed in on key domestic economic issues. In full, it would mark a sweeping move toward enacting the key elements of the “jobs” agenda that Biden laid out in large part during his campaign for president, with a suite of potential tax increases on corporations and the wealthy as options to finance any longer-term spending in the final proposal. White House officials stressed that no final decisions about the…

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  • Jobs

    Retool Biden’s $1.9 trillion plan to focus on jobs

    Patrick L. Anderson In the days before his inauguration, President Joe Biden outlined a gigantic $1.9 trillion program, variously called a “rescue plan” and “stimulus” for the American economy. The amount is staggering, but so are the problems it is intended to solve. In the spirit of the president’s inaugural address call to work together constructively to improve the nation (and in recognition that the whole country needs the new resident to get this one right) let’s take a look at the proposal. President Biden noted in his inaugural address the “millions of jobs” lost, and spoke plainly of the distress he saw in his own upbringing, when his father worried about…

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