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CEPR's New Budget Calculator Takes a Quick Trip Over to the Chronicle of Philanthropy

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Thursday, 25 July 2013 14:33

There we find an article on House Appropriations Committee approving a bill to cut funding for the National Endowment for Humanities by almost 50 percent. The piece tells readers:

"The measure would allocate $75-million to the NEA, a level last seen in 1974. The president’s proposed fiscal 2014 budget seeks $154.5-million for the grant-making agency."

Using the CEPR budget calculator, it could explain that:

"The measure would allocate $75-million to the NEA, a level last seen in 1974. The president’s proposed fiscal 2014 budget seeks $154.5-million (0.0045 percent of the federal budget) for the grant-making agency."

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Budget calculating
written by Nancy Cadet, July 25, 2013 4:18
I love the CEPR Budget Calculator. My arithmetic and any other math skills have deteriorated over the years --they were never that great--- but unfortunately I am not a journalist who could benefit immensely from the Budget Calculator to convey information accurately and understandably to news consumers. Nevertheless I will continue to make use of it personally, making me a better informed person.
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written by AlanInAZ, July 25, 2013 4:36
I think every member of the House should be required to send mailers to constituents with a simple explanation of the budget prepared by some non-partisan body (CBO?). Tons of money is spent on political messaging but very little to disseminate real information.
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written by fuller schmidt, July 26, 2013 11:23
Thank you for the Budget Calculator.
NEA = Arts, not Humanities
written by Melissa, July 28, 2013 12:09
Slight correction to your opening paragraph - the story is about the National Endowment for the Arts, not for the Humanities, which the article also mentions vaguely as getting a significant cut too.

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