The Battle of the Budge

Defense and homeland security spending goes up, but just about everything else goes down. WaPo has an excellent overview of which programs get hit the hardest in Trump’s proposed budget. The EPA and the State Department take the biggest hits.

+ “We’re not spending money on that anymore. We consider that to be a waste of your money to go out and do that.” That was director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney on climate change funding. Now we’re trying to out-negotiate Mother Nature.

+ Along with science, the arts are expected to take a big hit. Here’s Quartz with a look at who will lose if the US National Endowment for the Arts is eliminated? Hint: It’s not just the coastal, liberal, elites. Indeed, it would be a mistake to assume the Trump budget proposals are some kind of payback to the blue states that didn’t support him. Several agencies on the chopping block provide funds and services to rural Appalachia and other regions which were among the most supportive of Trump during the election.

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