A department-by-department guide to cutting the government's budget.

Department of Transportation

The Department of Transportation subsidizes and regulates highways, airports, air traffic control, urban transit, and passenger rail.

The department will spend $81 billion in 2014, or about $659 for every U.S. household. It employs 56,000 workers and operates 88 different subsidy programs.

Department of Agriculture

The Department of Agriculture administers large farm subsidy programs and runs the food stamp and school lunch programs.

The department will spend about $149 billion in 2014, or almost $1,200 for every U.S. household. It employs 93,000 workers and operates more than 240 subsidy programs.

Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior oversees more than 500 million acres of land, distributes subsidized irrigation water, and runs aid programs for American Indians.

The department will spend $13 billion in 2014, or about $106 for every U.S. household. It employs 67,000 workers.

From the Downsizing Blog

Martin O’Malley’s Terrible Fiscal Record

Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley is readying himself for a White House run. His recent rhetoric on economics shows that he will run to the left of Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton. After two terms of an unpopular left-wing president, that is surely the last thing the country needs.

Government Spending: Accounting and Economics

A Wall Street Journal story today looks at government spending through the lens of the national income and product accounts (NIPA). The article says that as government spending rises, it is “no longer dragging on growth.” Unlike recent years when spending was supposedly cut, the government today “has ceased to be a drag on growth.” But that is an unwarranted conclusion from the NIPA data, which are produced by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA).

More Duplication in Government

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) releases an annual report on government duplication, fragmentation, and overlap. Since 2011 GAO has highlighted 440 different actions that Congress and the president could take to reduce this wasteful spending. This week, GAO released its updated report and included an additional 66 actions.
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