Federal Budget Learning Center

Here you will find links to short, plain English overviews of where the money comes from, where it goes, how the process works. Please contact us if you should encounter a broken link or would like to suggest a document link.

Other resources: View our MAP-21 stories here. Our MAP-21 Learning Center has links to stakeholder reports and summaries, bill text, and USDOT MAP-21 webpages. Our Pre-MAP-21 Reports page has links to Congressional and stakeholder reports designed to guide the drafting of what eventually became MAP-21. Our Recovery Act Transportation page has links to reports about the transportation program of the 2009 ARRA (Recovery / Stimulus) bill.


Federal budget information:

If Your Paycheck Could Talk: The best plain English video (four minutes) you’ll ever see about federal spending and taxes.

Where Do Our Federal Tax Dollars Go? A short primer from the Center on Budget & Policy Priorities

Federal Budget 101 in short plain English from the National Priorities Project

Federal budget process overview in short plain English from the Center on Budget & Policy Priorities

Glossary of federal budget terms from the National Priorities Project


The Debt Ceiling Explained In Plain English


Sequestration information:

You Ask, We Answer: Sequestration and the Pentagon, National Priorities Project.

Learn more about the sequestration from the Bipartisan Policy Center:

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