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Taxpayers must pay the freight for over-budget train projects
Topic - Richard Kogan
The congressional negotiators trying to write a budget to avoid a potential shutdown next month missed their first informal deadline Monday.
Federal welfare spending has grown by 32 percent over the past four years, fattened by President Obama's stimulus spending and swelled by a growing number of Americans whose recession-depleted incomes now qualify them for public assistance, according to numbers released Thursday.
Come January, be prepared for fewer air traffic controllers, FBI agents, border patrol officers and park rangers, as well as lower farm and winter heating subsidies. Less meat might get inspected. Furloughs likely will sweep across the government. Even the weather service could be affected.
Without individual spending bills past spending issues — like leftover funds or a one-time boost — get carried over into future spending plans, even though the money could be redirected, Mr. Kogan said.
While Mr. Kogan could not speculate on which route Congress will take, he did say he thinks another shutdown is "an unlikely possibility."