Government finance

May 14, 2019 - 11:02 am
A new study bolsters evidence that soda taxes can reduce sales, but whether they influence health remains unclear. The research found that Philadelphia's 2017 tax led to a 38 percent decline in sugary soda and diet drink sales that year, even when taking into account an increase in sales in...
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May 14, 2019 - 11:00 am
A new study bolsters evidence that soda taxes can reduce sales, but whether they influence health remains an open question. The research found that a Philadelphia tax imposed in 2017 led to higher prices and a 38 percent decline in soda sales that year. That's taking into account an increase in...
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President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in the Oval Office of the White House, Monday, May 13, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
May 13, 2019 - 11:11 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration wants to shift money for Pell Grants for college education to fund new spending, including a $1.6 billion bump for NASA to return American astronauts to the moon by 2024. Under a budget amendment sent to Congress Monday evening, the administration would...
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President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in the Oval Office of the White House, Monday, May 13, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
May 13, 2019 - 9:44 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is hoping to shift money for Pell Grants for college education to fund new spending, including a $1.6 billion bump for NASA. Under a budget amendment sent Monday evening to Congress, the administration would use an additional $1.9 billion in surplus Pell...
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President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in the Oval Office of the White House, Monday, May 13, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
May 13, 2019 - 9:34 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is hoping to shift money for Pell Grants for college education to fund new spending, including a $1.6 billion bump for NASA. Under a budget amendment sent Monday evening to Congress, the administration would use an additional $1.9 billion in surplus Pell...
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In a May 10, 2018 photo, Sergeant at Arms Leta Edwards stands in the foreground as Democratic senators talk among themselves on the Senate floor on after the Senate failed to reach a quorum for the fourth straight day because of a Republican boycott in Salem, Ore. Republican senators began their walkout on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, to protest an education-funding bill that imposes a tax on some businesses. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)
May 13, 2019 - 8:51 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The sergeant-at-arms of the Oregon Senate had a new regular duty in recent days: Searching the state Capitol for Republican senators who had been staying away and brought the legislative body's business to a halt. The tactic by the minority Republicans is rare in Oregon, but has...
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In a May 10, 2018 photo, Sergeant at Arms Leta Edwards stands in the foreground as Democratic senators talk among themselves on the Senate floor on after the Senate failed to reach a quorum for the fourth straight day because of a Republican boycott in Salem, Ore. Republican senators began their walkout on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, to protest an education-funding bill that imposes a tax on some businesses. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)
May 13, 2019 - 7:24 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The sergeant-at-arms of the Oregon Senate had a new regular duty in recent days: Searching the state Capitol for Republican senators who had been staying away and brought the legislative body's business to a halt. The tactic by the minority Republicans is rare in Oregon, but has...
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Democratic presidential candidate former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro speaks during a meeting with Iowa State University students and Story County democrats, Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
May 13, 2019 - 8:44 am
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro on Monday unveiled an education plan that joins other 2020 candidates in calling for tuition-free higher education, universal prekindergarten and raising teacher pay. The rollout follows the former Obama Cabinet member's...
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Democratic presidential candidate former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro speaks during a meeting with Iowa State University students and Story County democrats, Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
May 13, 2019 - 8:23 am
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro is calling for free public college tuition and universal prekindergarten under a new education plan in his 2020 campaign. The former Obama Cabinet member's proposals unveiled Monday would also boost teacher pay by up to $10,000 a...
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President Donald Trump speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, May 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
May 11, 2019 - 3:03 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is scoffing at Democrats' attempts to pry loose his tax returns, saying his refusal to release the records as a candidate didn't hurt him in 2016 and voters "didn't care" about the issue. A leading House Democrat has issued subpoenas for six years of Trump's...
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