If it seems like we just finished talking about the FY15 budget, we did! But in Washington the federal budget has become a year-round discussion. Actually, it has become so difficult to adopt a federal budget that we simply adopt “continuing resolutions” and perhaps an “omnibus bill” every once in a while. So, while the FY15 budget essentially left every federal agency flat, the President has stepped way out of the box in his proposal for FY16, recommending increases in nearly every federal agency. Of course, his budget is doa (dead on arrival) in a Congress now controlled by the Republicans, especially considering the budget contains tax increases to pay for the spending increases.
Yet, the President’s budget proposal is the only thing we have to go on at this time so it deserves some attention. Let’s take a look.