Why is a US budget deal so important to the world economy?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on July 23, 2019

President Trump and congressional leaders say they have hammered out a budget deal, pending House and Senate approval. Dr. Perryman says it's better than no deal.

What are the next steps for the budget blueprint passed by the Senate?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on October 20, 2017

The Senate passed a $4 trillion budget blueprint, a major step forward for President Trump's tax reform. Dr. Perryman says the bill now goes to the House.

Why will the House's budget plan be difficult to pass, and how will healthcare impact the discussion?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on July 21, 2017

The US House has introduced its initial budget plan, a blueprint that includes substantial cuts to social programs. In other words, Dr. Perryman says it will be difficult to pass.

Why is the supplemental nutrition assistance program beneficial to individuals and the state as a whole?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on July 19, 2017

As the budget process unfolds in Congress, there is talk of cutting funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

What is the likely outcome of President Trump's current proposed budget?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on May 25, 2017

President Trump's proposed budget has been criticized for reducing the rate of growth for many social programs. Dr. Perryman, though, has this assurance.

What should Congress be focusing on during budget planning?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on May 03, 2017

Congress has reached an accord that is going to keep the government in money until at least the end of September, but Dr. Perryman asks if this is any way to run a trillion dollar enterprise.

What does President Trump's budget look like, and what could this indicate about the priorities of the government?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on March 29, 2017

Now that House and Senate committees are delving into President Trump's budget, Dr. Perryman says the scope of this spending plan is beginning to sink in.

What does the Senate's version of the budget mean for the state, and how does the House's plan differ?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on March 28, 2017

The Senate has wrapped up work on its version of the budget, and Dr. Perryman notes that it includes massive cuts in higher education. He is intrigued by how this budget is balanced.

Why are the White House budget planning assumptions a concern?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on February 23, 2017

The White House's budget planning relies on assumptions far rosier than projections made by independent agencies and most private forecasters. This is a concern to Dr. Perryman.

$30 Trillion!
Column Published in syndication February 09, 2022

The US national debt now tops $30,000,000,000,000. It's a whopping number which far exceeds gross domestic product (as it has for almost a decade). While it isn't a cause for panic, it's also not to be ignored.