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Cambridge, MA – Editors and designers for the Harvard Political Review – a top undergraduate journal on politics and public policy supported by Harvard’s Institute of Politics – have released the FY 2013 Annual Report of the USA (ARUSA), a research tool offering an examination of the federal budget and challenges facing American taxation and spending policy.
Highlights of the report – including a short video showcasing the study’s authors and their key findings – are available online http://bit.ly/1hgLldu and at www.harvardpolitics.com.
Published in partnership with the nonprofit American Education Foundation (AEF), the report provides straightforward and nonpartisan analysis of major spending areas and the tough decisions facing policymakers. First created in 1995 by Harvard undergraduate Meredith Bagby, ARUSA’s FY 2013 edition encourages bipartisanship on federal spending woes and cuts through the gridlock on government spending. The study presents special reports on the federal deficit and the debt; health care, social security, and Medicare and Medicaid; and a detailed review of federal spending on foreign relations, security and defense, education, science and technology, immigration, agriculture and other areas.
Key findings from the report include:
“Fiscal year 2013 was a disappointing year in federal budget policy, with only small signs of hope in the compromises made since last fall’s government shutdown – and starkly reflected our elected leaders’ preference for inaction,” said Daniel Backman ’15, ARUSA student Executive Editor. “By presenting essential budgetary information in an easy-to-understand format, the writers of ARUSA hope to help Americans keep their politicians accountable on the issues that matter.”
“It’s tax time. All of us pay taxes, but how many of us understand where that money goes?” said Meredith Bagby, American Education Foundation Executive Director and Harvard Institute of Politics Spring 2004 Resident Fellow. “These scholars have produced an insightful, nonpartisan account of how the government spends our money and the difficult choices we all face to reign in our collective debt.”
All proceeds from sale of the FY 2013 report, available on Amazon.com in paperback or as a Kindle e-book, will be dedicated toward creation and production of future editions of ARUSA. ARUSA partners will continue to promote the reports as an educational resource for a variety of constituencies including government officials and policymakers, the media and America’s citizens.
Harvard University’s Institute of Politics (IOP), located at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, was established in 1966 as a memorial to President Kennedy. The IOP’s mission is to unite and engage students, particularly undergraduates, with academics, politicians, activists, and policymakers on a non-partisan basis to inspire them to consider careers in politics and public service. The Institute strives to promote greater understanding and cooperation between the academic world and the world of politics and public affairs. More information is available online at www.iop.harvard.edu.
The American Education Foundation (AEF) is an educational nonprofit dedicated to inspiring students of all ages to become active citizens in the public forum. The foundation is dedicated to producing fair and accurate political information in a non-partisan manner and to helping students acquire the communications skills necessary to navigate the world of public policy. The AEF publishes the Annual Report of the USA. More information is available online at www.americafound.org.