Kansas Lawmakers Override Brownback Veto, Undoing Tax Cuts

By MONICA DAVEY June 7, 2017 For six years, Gov. Sam Brownback carried out a signature philosophy of cutting taxes and shrinking government across Kansas, a state dominated by his fellow Republicans. But on Tuesday night, the state’s Republican-held...

How Student Loan Forgiveness Changed Graduates’ Paths

By CAITLIN DICKERSON June 7, 2017 For Dr. Charles Phillips, the government’s public service loan forgiveness program meant he could spend his days researching childhood cancer, rather than starting a lucrative pediatrics practice. Neeraj Kumar plans to...

Trump’s Budget, Breaking Tradition, Seeks Cuts to Service Programs

By ERICA L. GREEN May 25, 2017 WASHINGTON — In his inaugural address, John F. Kennedy exhorted the youth of America to ask what they could do for their country. In his inaugural budget, President Trump wants the government largely out of the...

A Question of Incentive: Why Work Requirement Became a Theme of the Trump Budget

A Question of Incentive By EMILY BADGER May 24, 2017 The new White House budget proposal is built on a deep-rooted conservative belief: The government should help those who are willing to work, and cull from benefit rolls those who aren’t. That...

Chicago Schools Ex-Leader Is Sentenced as Classrooms Struggle to Stay Open

The district’s uncertainty was compounded when a judge declined to issue an injunction requested by the city that might have led to a desperately needed influx of cash.