October 19, 1999 |
Prospects for expanding federal hate crime laws to include sexual orientation, gender and disability dimmed Monday when congressional Republicans stripped the provision from a spending bill.
December 24, 1998 |
Melding theology, politics and policy, President Clinton delivered a Christmastime lecture Wednesday on nothing less than the meaning of life--and the federal budget. Alternately buoyant and nearly prayerful during his first post-impeachment public appearance, Clinton said he would seek $1.125 billion for homeless assistance in the budget he will unveil next year. That would amount to a 15% increase in federal spending for the homeless.
December 6, 1997 |
The federal government is entitled to a major share of any of the bounty that states have recovered in lawsuits against the tobacco industry for Medicaid expenses for sick smokers, according to a study released Friday by a Washington public-interest organization. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities also said that the federal government would be entitled to a large chunk of the money if Congress enacts legislation embodying the proposed $368.5-billion national tobacco settlement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 1997 |
A bill unveiled Thursday by the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee would mean more federal dollars for California freeways over the next three years. Should the measure pass, Orange County would reap a share of the $6.6 billion earmarked for the state in increased highway and air-quality funds, as well as money for mass transit. Under the bill introduced by Rep. Bud Shuster (R-Pa.), the state would get nearly $2 billion in 1998--an 18% increase over last year.
June 15, 1997 |
A changed America was on view last week as measures to lower capital gains and inheritance taxes, while granting tax credits for education and child care, were introduced in Washington. The tax proposals are important for what they say about the U.S. economy--especially in a week in which the stock market took yet another great leap upward. For the economy is tied more than ever to the stock market.
June 12, 1997 |
Balking at the multibillion-dollar cost of deploying digital television, disgruntled broadcasters this week are quietly making last-ditch appeals to Congress and federal regulators to delay introduction of the eagerly awaited technology.