GOP bristles over plan to shift military funding to border wall

The Hill | March 01, 2019

GOP concerns are bubbling up over the administration's plans to divert billions in military construction money as part of President Trump's national emergency declaration. As part of an effort to pull together roughly $8 billion for the U.S.-Mexico border wall, the administration will redirect $3.6 billion originally appropriated for military construction projects across the country. Trump’s decision has sparked bipartisan backlash on Capitol Hill, where Republicans are openly concerned that the president is blurring the separation of powers and attempting to override Congress’s government funding decisions.

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The details of the new Local Government Pension Scheme (“LGPS”) arrangements are yet to be agreed, but the principles are clear: to reduce costs while maintaining overall investment performance. Our aim in this paper is to identify best practice in the design of equivalent-sized investment organisations in an attempt to maximise the chances of achieving these twin objectives.

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The details of the new Local Government Pension Scheme (“LGPS”) arrangements are yet to be agreed, but the principles are clear: to reduce costs while maintaining overall investment performance. Our aim in this paper is to identify best practice in the design of equivalent-sized investment organisations in an attempt to maximise the chances of achieving these twin objectives.

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