Archive for March, 2018

Medicaid and Bureaucrat Pensions Creating Budget Crisis for States


Thursday March 29th, 2018   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:46am PST   •   0 Comments

It is getting to be crunch time for state legislators looking to establish the budgets for their state governments across the U.S. With most states following a fiscal year that starts on July 1 and runs through June 30 of the following year, the clock is ticking down for determining how each will spend...
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Court System Sex Abuse Payouts Shaft Taxpayers


Tuesday March 27th, 2018   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 4:00am PST   •   0 Comments

As we noted, during the last three years the state of California has paid out more than $25 million to settle sexual harassment claims against state agencies and public universities. The payouts ranged from $500 to $1.7 million, and the state did not volunteer the information or make it easy to find. As usual,...
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Inside President Trump’s FY 2018 Spending Bill


Monday March 26th, 2018   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:29am PST   •   0 Comments

Shortly after 1:00 PM on Friday, March 23, 2018, President Trump signed the U.S. Congress’ omnibus discretionary spending bill, which authorizes the various departments and agencies that make up the U.S. government to spend $1.309 trillion through the end of its current 2018 fiscal year on September 30, 2018. The chart below shows where...
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World Water Day is a Waste


Thursday March 22nd, 2018   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 8:48am PST   •   0 Comments

March 22 is World Water Day but that may have escaped notice, particularly in flooded areas of the central United States. So what is this day about? According to the official site, it is about “exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century.” As some readers may have noted,...
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A Bigger, Badder and Uglier Budget


Thursday March 22nd, 2018   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:34am PST   •   0 Comments

It was only a matter of time after the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2017 became law, but now, lawmakers on Capitol Hill are set to fully commit to a bipartisan budget for the U.S. government that, if anything, adds to what MyGovCost has previously described as President Trump’s “really ugly” budget proposal. The Associated...
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Jerry Brown’s Bullet Train BS


Tuesday March 20th, 2018   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 1:14pm PST   •   0 Comments

As we noted the estimated cost to build California’s bullet train from San Francisco to Los Angeles has doubled to $77.3 billion and could almost triple to $98.1 billion. Governor Jerry Brown is now on record what he thinks of it. “This is bullshit,” he told reporters in Sacramento on March 19. “I’m so...
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The U.S. Government’s Spending Problem


Monday March 19th, 2018   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 7:00am PST   •   0 Comments

The U.S. government’s total public debt outstanding now exceeds $21 trillion, having crossed that milestone just one week after MyGovCost marked the occasion of $1 trillion having been added to the national debt under President Trump. What might surprise you however is that this has happened even as the U.S. government has collected more...
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White-Coat Gun Grabbers Want More Money


Thursday March 15th, 2018   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:50am PST   •   0 Comments

“Our country is infuriated by the lack of action taken by Congress to combat the gun violence epidemic in America,” says Sen. Martin Heinrich, New Mexico Democrat, who is calling for “repeal of the Dickey Amendment,” a 1996 measure that restricted the federal Centers for Disease Control from spending public funds to research what...
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Bullet Train Rolls On to $98.1 Billion Overall Cost Estimate


Tuesday March 13th, 2018   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 3:45am PST   •   3 Comments

As we noted in January, costs for Jerry Brown’s vaunted high-speed rail project jumped by $2.8 billion to $10.6 billion, just for the stretch from Madera to Bakersfield. “It’s horrifying when you look at the amount of money we’re going to have to reinvest to make this program work,” exclaimed bullet-train board member Ernest...
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President Trump’s First Trillion


Monday March 12th, 2018   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:40am PST   •   1 Comment

It’s official. In the time since he was sworn into office on January 20, 2017 through Thursday, March 8, 2018, the U.S. government has managed to rack up another trillion in national debt under President Trump. If there’s a silver lining to be found in this state of affairs, it is perhaps that President...
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