Found 18 article(s) for author 'Linda Bilmes'

To avoid government shutdowns, fix the budget process

To avoid government shutdowns, fix the budget process. Linda Bilmes, January 7, 2019, Opinion, “In the musical “Hamilton,” the protagonists riff on dueling: Aaron Burr: Can we agree that duels are dumb and immature? Alexander Hamilton: Sure. But your man has to answer for his words, Burr. (As we all know, Burr fatally shot Hamilton. Duels were not outlawed until 40 years later). Pressley requests back pay for federal contract workers.  The furloughed contract workers have gone without a paycheck since the start of a partial government shutdown last month. Federal government shutdowns are the modern equivalent of duels — a dumb and immature way to resolve disputes. The current shutdown has closed 25 percent of the government over a dispute that amounts to just .001 percent of the federal budget.Link

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Congress’ budget dysfunction is more than 4 decades in the making

Congress’ budget dysfunction is more than 4 decades in the making. Linda Bilmes, February 9, 2018, Opinion, “In an eleventh-hour twist, Sen. Rand Paul protested the costs of Congress’ latest budget deal and briefly shut down the federal government. Then, in the wee hours of Feb. 9, both houses of Congress eventually voted to pass the budget deal – a bipartisan agreement to repeal expenditure limits and fund the government for the next two years, if everything goes to plan. However, Paul’s midnight brinkmanship cast a sour note on its passage.Link

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Total Economic Value of US National Park Service Estimated to be $92 Billion: Implications for Policy

Total Economic Value of US National Park Service Estimated to be $92 Billion: Implications for Policy. Linda Bilmes, 2016, Paper, “America’s national parks “are the best idea we ever had.” So said Pulitzer Prize-winning American author Wallace Stegner. A new survey suggests Americans also consider the National Park Service (both the parks, and the associated programs of the agency which runs them) to be of the most valuable assets we ever had—worth some $92 billion a year.Link

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Economic Valuation of the National Park Service – Phase Reports (1A and 1B)

Economic Valuation of the National Park Service – Phase Reports (1A and 1B). Linda Bilmes, March 2015, Paper. “By measuring the net economic value of the National Park Service (NPS), this project will accomplish the first system-wide comprehensive assessment of the economic benefits the NPS provides the public. This valuation will include an estimate of the public’s (both visitors and non-visitors) willingness to pay for the units and programs of the National Park Service. In addition to the nationwide willingness to pay survey, detailed case studies are being developed for several specific areas…” Link to Report 1A;  Link to Report 1B

 

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Can the U.S. afford another $3 trillion war?

Can the U.S. afford another $3 trillion war? Linda Bilmes, August 27, 2014, Opinion. “After piling up trillions of dollars of war debt during the last decade, America seemed to be on the brink of a new era — ready to shut off the Iraq-Afghanistan funding faucet, bring its troops home and enjoy a peace dividend. But the respite looks like it will be brief. The new security threats around the world are leading to renewed calls for military engagement: maybe not boots on the ground but air strikes, drones and weapons and training for shadowy opposition groups. With Iraq descending into chaos and ISIS beheading Americans…” Link

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Boots on the budget – Personnel costs need to be part of the equation for military cuts

Boots on the budget – Personnel costs need to be part of the equation for military cuts. Linda Bilmes, March 22, 2014, Opinion. “The sweeping changes to the US military announced recently by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel are the most public recognition yet of the painful financial legacy left by Iraq and Afghanistan. The wartime culture of “endless money” as his predecessor Robert Gates dubbed it, with its endless “emergency” funding from Congress, is finally over…” Link Verified October 12, 2014

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Reforming the Budget: Four Steps to Restore Fiscal Discipline

Reforming the Budget: Four Steps to Restore Fiscal Discipline. Linda Bilmes, February 5, 2014, Opinion. “America’s dysfunctional budget process has been mired in federal shutdowns and debt ceiling brinksmanship for the past several years. No wonder citizens’ confidence in government is at its lowest in four decades. Conventional wisdom in Washington is that hyper-partisanship has infected appropriations along with everything else, and that barring a dramatic shift in political tone, the best we can do is to pass one-off deals such as the recent Ryan-Murray bill…” Link Verified October 12, 2014

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UN funding is a small price for peace – Funding the UN is more cost-effective for the US than going to war

UN funding is a small price for peace – Funding the UN is more cost-effective for the US than going to war. Linda Bilmes, January 25, 2014, Opinion. “On a peaceful winter day in New England, it’s hard to imagine being terrorized by sniper fire if we venture out to buy food. Yet such is the case for millions of people in Syria, Mali, and other war-torn areas of the world that most of us struggle even to find on the map. After Iraq and Afghanistan, the US appetite for foreign interventions is about as low as it’s ever been…” Link Verified October 12, 2014

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As The Shutdown Turns: It’s Time To End The Budgetary Soap Opera

As The Shutdown Turns: It’s Time To End The Budgetary Soap Opera. Linda Bilmes, October 10, 2013, Opinion. “Washington, D.C. is again in the grip of its long-running budgetary soap opera. Episode 1, “Fiscal Cliffs,” was followed shortly by “Sequestration” and now “Government Shutdown.” Coming soon: “Debt Ceiling II.” The American public is utterly fed up with this endless series. Each episode produces historic new lows of Congressional approval ratings — now scraping 5 percent…” Link Verified October 12, 2014

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