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Why does Poland receive more in gross and (far more in) net EU funding than any other member state?

A combination of: 1. Low per capita income While not among the very poorest countries in the EU, Poland is far from being the richest. Per capita income in Poland is $12680, compared with $43660 in ...
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Why don't Harvard and other universities supporting affirmative action simply stop receiving Federal Funds?

Because Harvard receives much more than $22 million In 2021, Harvard University’s federal funding increased to $625 million. [...] An example of the kind of funding Harvard University received in ...
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How credible is the Afghanistan's ghost soldiers claim?

I don't think that there is reasonable doubt that due to corruption there were some people receiving paychecks who weren't regularly showing up to work in the military (based upon interviews of people ...
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How is this continuing resolution different from what got McCarthy vacated?

What has changed is the will of the right wing of the Republican party to force what amounts to a vote of confidence in their new speaker. In September, the calculation was that by ousting McCarthy, ...
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Why is public funding used to support bullfighting in France?

In short, bullfighting is removed from the list of national cultural heritage, but it is still a regional uninterrupted cultural heritage. As such, it can still be subsidized by various institutions, ...
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How does one determine the source of funds (money) for a government expenditure?

Most government spending comes out of the "general fund" which is a mix of many different sources of revenue which aren't specific to a particular expenditure. For example, in the United ...
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How does a nation benefit from winning medals in the Olympics and other international sports tournaments?

One of the ideals behind the Olympics — all the way back to ancient Greece, mind you — is that different political units (nations now, city states then) could come together, showcase their virtues, ...
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Does military spending include academic R&D budgets too?

Depends on who does the considering and why. SIPRI counts military R&D, but it acknowledges that the exact boundary can be difficult to draw. There is no generally accepted, legal definition for ...
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How much, in taxes, does a typical American taxpayer pay toward public libraries?

I'm looking for an average or estimation of how much money public libraries cost a typical American taxpayer. That figure is not directly available. However, available data may be used to derive an ...
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Has the Trump Administration explained why it has been withholding money from the FDNY World Trade Center Health Program?

A 9/14/20 Snopes article attributes the withheld funds to a bureaucratic error: It’s true that the Trump administration has been withholding money from the program, the result of what appears to be a ...
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Does UK State funding for opposition parties move if MPs/Lords switch parties?

From page 5 of House of Commons Library Briefing Paper, Number 01663 (Dec 2016), on Short Money: Allocations throughout a Parliament are based on the results of the previous General Election. ...
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Is Chomsky's "standard technique of privatization" historically accurate?

For a railroad example, we can look at the privatization of the Canadian National Railway in 1995. Operating as a for-profit Crown corporation, CN reported a profit in 11 of the 15 years from ...
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Does military spending include academic R&D budgets too?

The usual academic system of a university is based on the peer-reviewed publications, so everything notable it discovers needs to go public. Nobody will work on topic they are not allowed to make the ...
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Where can I find details of conference report that restricted construction of new public housing units, and was added to H.R.4194?

Where can I find details of [the] conference report that restricted construction of new public housing units, and was added to H.R.4194? The report, from the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and ...
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Is Chomsky's "standard technique of privatization" historically accurate?

What's historically speaking the "standard technique of privatisation"? Assuming that there was indeed some standard technique, then I'd look what was the biggest privatisation program in history - ...
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How were US progressives able to deny Israel a billion dollars of funding for their Iron Dome, and is this the first time?

To answer the title question, in an omnibus spending bill if you give enough people a reason to vote against it, by going over their individual "red lines", that can sink a bill. In this ...
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Have any US politicians proposed fully cutting funding from religious schools?

This is a challenging question to answer, given the information on voting at the state legislative level is so disparate, but I will do my best with the information I have. Certainly we see that there ...
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Where is the Council Tax rebate being funded from?

The scheme is being funded from general taxation - see the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak’s comments in response to Dame Meg Hillier in the Commons announcing the measure on February 3rd: Dame Meg Hillier: ...
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Why did New York try to pass a bill to allow disability schools to 'keep' money they were 'not required to pay back'?

Annual budgets are based off of allocations made in the previous year. This 1% increase, though unnecessary, would raise the baseline when preparing the budget and allocating funding in future years.
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How credible is the Afghanistan's ghost soldiers claim?

The ANDSF pay system had problems for years- the US regularly provided large sums of cash to one individual to pay the salaries of tens or hundreds of soldiers. In 2016, the army contracting command ...
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How does a nation benefit from winning medals in the Olympics and other international sports tournaments?

(As this was tagged "socialism" before the substantive edits...) In democratic-capitalist terms, it's enough that people are willing to pay to have their country win [medals]. Take this ...
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How does a nation benefit from winning medals in the Olympics and other international sports tournaments?

Nations compete in a number of domains. Militarily, economically, scientifically, "soft power" and... sports. This is a question of prestige and exposure. Add to that that taxpayers also ...
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