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The White House’s fiscal 2021 budget plan includes $94.5 billion for the Department of Health and Human Services, a 10% decrease from this year, part of an overall 5% cut in nondefense spending. The plan also calls for work requirements for some people currently receiving benefits like Medicaid.

Arizona health care advocates are confident that President Donald Trump’s plan to slash billions from health services is “dead on arrival” in Congress – but that doesn’t mean they’re not angry at the administration’s direction. Read more»

Heiwa Elementary School

As Arizona continues to a face a $1 billion deficit, Gov. Doug Ducey’s budget proposal calls for cutting school administrative costs in order to spend more in the classroom, but school officials insist there is little fat left to cut there. Read more» 1

An example of housing for senior officers in Stuttgart, Germany shows the construction of a sunroom addition.

Pentagon officials have been warning that budget cuts will provoke a “hollowing out” of warfighting capabilities in coming years, with tens of billions of dollars on the table under so-called “sequestration” cuts. Somehow, however, there is still enough money to pay for the construction of some new sun rooms for military housing used by senior officers in Stuttgart, Germany, a country the U.S. military has begun to flee. Read more»

Journalists on strike in Greece, February 24.

The Greek government last week announced a raft of tax increases and a 30 percent cut to the two-months of "bonus" pay Greek civil servants receive each year. But the new measures are unpopular and anger against them is growing. A protest organized by the country's main unions turned violent. Read more»