Problem-Solver’s Daily: Releasing the budget

RELEASING THE BUDGET: “The Obama administration will release its annual budget proposal this morning, a tax-and-spending plan that seeks to reinvigorate a number of initiatives that have stalled in Congress. President Barack Obama's budget, which is expected to call for about $4 trillion in spending for the year that begins Oct. 1, will propose larger tax credits for childless workers, a higher minimum wage, a redesigned military and the elimination of certain tax breaks for upper-income Americans, among other things,” writes Damian Paletta. Congress needs to work with the president during budget negotiations by creating shared goals: Damian Paletta for The Wall Street Journal: Obama to Underscore Policy Goals With Budget Blueprint
BEING REALISTIC: “Later this morning, the White House will release its annual budget. Every year, the White House includes spending projections going out 10 years. These projections serve mostly as a reminder that while predicting the future is a fool's game, that doesn't stop presidents from putting on their rose-colored glasses and trying their best,” write Christopher Ingraham and Darla Cameron. Our leaders need to agree to a budget deal and a national strategic agenda: Christopher Ingraham and Darla Cameron for The Washington Post: It’s budget day, but don’t believe everything you read in the budget!
SPENDING INCREASE: Consumer spending increased by .4 percent in January after Americans spent more on heating bills during this brutally cold winter: Associated Press: Energy costs boosted US consumer spending in Jan.
WORKING TOGETHER: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer are working across the aisle to encourage the Obama administration to take a hard line to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon while also supporting the White House's diplomatic efforts. Our lawmakers should agree to a shared vision to resolve issues like these: Emma Dumain for Roll Call: Cantor and Hoyer Reunite to Push Obama on Iran Nuclear Talks
COST OF THE SHUTDOWN: “Last October's 16-day government shutdown cut the number of visitors to national parks by nearly 7.9 million, according to a report issued by the Department of the Interior Monday. That drop in visitors resulted in an estimated loss of $414 million in spending in what are known as “gateway regions' — the towns just outside of national parks where people buy gas and supplies, eat at restaurants and stay in hotels,” writes Kate Sheppard. Members of Congress need to work with their opposition to agree to a national strategic agenda and avoid situations like the government shutdown in the future: Kate Sheppard for The Huffington Post: Government Shutdown Cost Communities Near National Parks $414 Million
NO LABELS RADIO: Gov. Jon Huntsman spoke with Sen. John Barrasso on No Labels Radio last weekend about healthcare in America. Tune in every Saturday at 10 a.m., Eastern time, on SiriusXM's P.O.T.U.S. (channel 124).
STAT OF THE DAY: According to a new poll, 41 percent of Americans polled say they trust Democrats and Republicans equally in handling the economy: Rebecca Shabad for The Hill: Dems lead on key issues, yet no election edge


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