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National Priorities Project's Trade Offs Tool Shows the Magnitude of Federal Budget Spending
Do you understand the localized impact of federal spending? How will your federal tax dollars be spent in 2011?
WASHINGTON - August 24 - With all eyes on our nation's budget, National Priorities Project (NPP) has overhauled its Trade Offs Tool designed to clarify the magnitude and localized impact of federal spending programs. The tool estimates FY2011 spending for select federal programs for individual states, counties, congressional districts, and towns. It then represents these dollar amounts in terms of localized costs of alternative goods and services such as police, teachers, or care for military veterans.
Tax Day 2010: NPP issued its annual spending breakout of a federal tax dollar based on the same budget categories found in our President's budget analysis. The accompanying web-based Interactive Tax Chart allows individuals to see how their income taxes are distributed across budget spending categories.
Federal Priorities Database: Our one-of-a-kind database contains state and local data for federal spending programs with associated budget category indicators. Categories include: health, education, energy, hunger, housing, labor, income & poverty and military. The database allows users to determine localized federal spending trends, as well as the potential impact of that spending.
Federal Budget 101 charts and briefs: NPP offers briefs on topics such as the federal budget time line, the difference between discretionary and mandatory spending, and the role of federal funds and trust funds in the budget. We also offer several historical charts of budget related information on the discretionary budget, total outlays, revenues, and deficits and debt.
Federal Budget 101 webinar: This 30-minute presentation is for people interested in learning about the federal budget process and how to become involved in shaping it. By the close of the webinar, participants will have a solid introductory understanding both of the role of the federal government as well as the federal budget process and its timetable. Register for a webinar at a date and time that works for you!