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  • 2010 Budget Deficit to Hit $1.5 Trillion: CBO Wednesday, 26 Jan 2011 | 11:31 AM ET
    US Capitol Building with cash

    New budget estimates released Wednesday predict the government's deficit will hit almost $1.5 trillion this year, a new record.

  • Collectively, states have budget deficits of more than $130 billion, unfunded pension and healthcare plans of more than $1 trillion and billions of dollars of unpaid bills to public schools and universities, hospitals and social welfare programs...States are in crisis and floundering to find a solution.

  • Economy Has Improved in Last 6 Months: Fed's Tarullo Friday, 14 Jan 2011 | 2:51 PM ET

    The economy has improved in the last six months, signaled by greater consumer spending, durables purchases and some signs of increased investment, Daniel K. Tarullo, Federal Reserve governor, told CNBC Friday, echoing what his boss, Chairman Ben Bernanke said on Thursday.

  • Dodd-Frank Creates More Uncertainty: Rep. Bachus Thursday, 13 Jan 2011 | 12:21 PM ET
    Sen. Spencer Bachus (R)

    Taking issue with FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair, the new Republican head of the House Financial Services Committee told CNBC Thursday that the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul law actually creates more uncertainty—not less.

  • The Illinois House of Representatives passed a bill that raises the state income tax from a maximum rate of 3% to 5%. They also raised the corporate income tax...As painful as they are, we are in the position of having no choice and yet, these tax increases will not raise the expected amounts.

  • Budget Deficit Narrows to $80 Billion in December Wednesday, 12 Jan 2011 | 4:05 PM ET
    US Capitol Building with cash

    The federal budget deficit narrowed slightly in December compared to a year ago, but the deficit for the entire year is still on pace to exceed $1 trillion.

  • The US stands to lost its coveted top credit rating unless Washington policymakers make good on promises to get the nation's financial house in order, Pimco's Bill Gross told CNBC.

  • Obama is expected to resist some Republicans demands such as canceling unspent stimulus funds, rolling back government spending levels and cutting new financial rules. But the White House does intend to demonstrate its commitment to cut spending.

  • Chadwick: A New Year’s Resolution for Everyone Monday, 3 Jan 2011 | 10:52 AM ET

    Take your newfound income – that 3.5% of every thousand dollars over whatever level of income you need, and put it immediately and directly into the economy by donating it to charities that assist others with acute needs.

  • Michigan Town Is Left Pleading for Bankruptcy Tuesday, 28 Dec 2010 | 10:00 AM ET

    With anemic property tax revenues and forecasts of more dire financial times ahead, some experts and elected leaders fear that more localities may have to at least consider bankruptcy. The New York Times reports.

  • These Three Wise Men Can Help Cut Deficit Thursday, 23 Dec 2010 | 2:18 PM ET
    National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform co-chairmen Erskine Bowles, and Alan Simpson.

    Three key players, President Obama, Rep. Paul Ryan, and Sen. Kent Conrad, each have the responsibility of presenting a budget early next year. If these three men decide not to turn back, the era of deficit denial will indeed be over.

  • 'We Are Not Doomed to Endless Gridlock': Obama Wednesday, 22 Dec 2010 | 4:45 PM ET
    Barack Obama

    The president celebrated a bipartisan "season of progress' on Thursday at a year-end news conference a few hours after the Senate ratified an arms control treaty with Russia.

  • We Need to Act or Get Thrown Out: Sen.-Elect Portman Wednesday, 22 Dec 2010 | 10:43 AM ET

    The newly elected Congress needs to “get to work” to solve some of the country’s biggest problems or the American people will throw them out in two years, GOP Sen.-Elect Rob Portman of Ohio told CNBC Wednesday.

  • Commentary: Americans Need Shock to Tackle Debt Monday, 20 Dec 2010 | 6:20 AM ET
    Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne holds Disraeli's original budget box as he leaves 11 Downing Street for Parliament.

    Why has Britain managed to boldly go into fiscal territory which the US has hitherto ducked? That is the $800 billion question hanging in the air in New York this weekend, after George Osborne, chancellor, visited the city. The FT reports.

  • Tax Law Makes Mockery of Deficit: Rep. Frank Friday, 17 Dec 2010 | 5:38 PM ET
    Barney Frank

    Rep. Barney Frank, chairman of the Financial Services Committee, told CNBC that the tax bill signed into law Friday by President Obama make a “mockery of all this deficit concern.”

  • The fight over collecting online sales tax is an ongoing issue that is especially heated this holiday season as online retail sales hit new records—and taxes goes uncollected.

  • Steven Rattner

    Steve Rattner, the veteran investor and co-founder of the private equity firm Quadrangle Group who led the administration's effort to restructure the auto industry, says insider trading charges help clean up bad apples from Wall Street.

  • Tax Plan Will Boost Economy: Blackstone's Schwarzman Thursday, 16 Dec 2010 | 10:45 AM ET
    Year-End Investing Tax Tips  -  A CNBC Special Report

    The tax compromise brokered by President Obama with Republican congressional leaders will boost economic activity, adding ½ to 1 percent to the GDP, Steven Schwarzman, chairman and CEO of private equity firm Blackstone Group told CNBC Thursday.

  • Federal Reserve Is a 'Cartel': Ron Paul Tuesday, 14 Dec 2010 | 4:57 PM ET
    Ron Paul

    Rep. Ron Paul, (R-Texas), who will head a subcommittee overseeing the Federal Reserve in the new Congress, called central bank a “cartel” and said it has “monopoly control” over the US dollar.

  • Deficit Reduction After Economy Improves: Gregg, Bayh Monday, 13 Dec 2010 | 10:30 AM ET

    Two powerful lame-duck senators, who both support the tax bill compromise set for a Senate vote Monday, told CNBC Monday, that reducing the deficit will come after the economy is gets moving forward.

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