federal budget http://wamc.org en Federal Budget Talks Seen As Moving Forward http://wamc.org/post/federal-budget-talks-seen-moving-forward <p>The December 13<sup>th</sup> deadline for a bipartisan federal budget deal to avoid another partial government shutdown in January is a week away.&nbsp; Negotiators, headed by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan—a Republican and Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray—a Democrat, appear to be making progress.&nbsp;&nbsp; WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Jo Comerford, Executive Director of the National Priorities Project—a Northampton-based research center.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 17:34:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 79307 at http://wamc.org Federal Budget Talks Seen As Moving Forward Great Lakes Groups Call for Restored Funding in Subcommittee Bill http://wamc.org/post/great-lakes-groups-call-restored-funding-subcommittee-bill <p></p><p></p><p>The budget debate in Washington has Great Lakes advocates calling foul and lobbying for a turnabout in a proposed funding cut to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Tue, 23 Jul 2013 22:30:00 +0000 Pat Bradley 69852 at http://wamc.org Great Lakes Groups Call for Restored Funding in Subcommittee Bill Postal Service to cut Saturday mail to trim costs http://wamc.org/post/postal-service-cut-saturday-mail-trim-costs <p>WASHINGTON (AP) — The financially struggling U.S. Postal Service says it plans to stop delivering mail on Saturdays, but continue delivering packages six days a week.</p><p>In an announcement scheduled for later today, the service is expected to say the cut, beginning in August, would mean a cost saving of about $2 billion annually.</p><p>The move accentuates one of the agency's strong points — package delivery has increased by 14 percent since 2010. The delivery of letters and other mail has declined with the increasing use of email and other Internet use.</p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 13:00:51 +0000 Associated Press 57278 at http://wamc.org Postal Service to cut Saturday mail to trim costs Vox Pop : Open Forum - Does the Fiscal Cliff Deal Matter? - 1/2/13 http://wamc.org/post/vox-pop-open-forum-does-fiscal-cliff-deal-matter-1213 <p></p><p>Congress avoided the automatic tax increases and budget cuts of the dreaded fiscal cliff at the last minute this week with a deal that raises tax rates on individuals with incomes over $400,000 and couples making $450,000.</p><p> Wed, 02 Jan 2013 20:00:00 +0000 54918 at http://wamc.org Vox Pop : Open Forum - Does the Fiscal Cliff Deal Matter? - 1/2/13