Rural America weighs the economic realities of proposed federal budget cuts

May 23, 2017
President Trump calls for the USDA to be cut by 21 percent. Rural areas have a lot of federal employment and funding at stake.
Goldendale, Washington, population 3,400, could be impacted by cuts to agriculture, environmental and other federal programs in President Trump's proposed 2018 budget.
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Prospective cuts have EPA workers weighing their options

May 23, 2017
The question of staying or going comes up anytime political control shifts. For some, the time to go may come soon.
EPA staffers have been dealing with massive shifts in the way their agency operates, with executive orders that have mandated reviews or canceled several environmental initiatives and rhetoric about reducing regulation.
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Trump budget gives states more power, less money to manage safety net for poor

May 23, 2017
President Trump’s first major budget proposal will cut away at the safety net for the millions who live at or below the poverty line. The budget being released today proposes mammoth cuts to Medicaid as well as revamping anti-poverty programs. States will have more power to set spending priorities, but have much less to spend. […]

Is it fair to ask people to work for government benefits?

May 22, 2017
The Trump administration will reveal a major budget proposal tomorrow. It is widely expected to include massive cuts to Medicaid – $800 billion worth over 10 years. States would also get more flexibility to impose work requirements, meaning people who receive government assistance – including Medicaid – would be required to work.  Is that a good […]

Education budget shows federally funded after-school programs are in jeopardy

May 22, 2017
The Trump administration is expected to release its detailed 2018 budget tomorrow. According to “near-final” documents leaked to the Washington Post last week, the proposed cuts include more than $10.5 billion in federal education initiatives. On the chopping block are more than $1 billion in grants that fund after-school and summer programs for low-income kids.  […]

Trump’s proposed education budget puts federal initiatives on the chopping block

May 18, 2017
A copy of President Trump’s proposed education budget has been leaked to the Washington Post. In total, the plan would eliminate $10.6 billion from federal education initiatives, including things such as after-school programs for the poor, teacher training, and surprisingly, work-study funding for college students. The cuts to work-study, together with other proposed rollbacks in college […]

Science researchers brace for possible federal funding cuts

May 18, 2017
'Uncertainty means that you can’t hire people or you can’t start a new project,' one researcher says.
At Brandeis University, Avital Rodal studies, among other things,  diseases like Lou Gehrig’s and Alzheimer’s.
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Census director resigns as ramp up for 2020 count begins

May 10, 2017
The resignation of the U.S. Census Bureau director leaves the agency with no leader just month before it begins a big hiring and technology push for the 2020 census. Data from the census is useful far beyond counting the population. Economists and businesses use census numbers to decide where and when to expand, or pull […]

Education Department learns how to downsize as threat of budget cuts looms

Apr 27, 2017
'There just is no easy or cheap way to reduce the size of government workforce,' public policy expert says.
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaks as President Donald Trump and educator Kenneth Smith listen during a parent-teacher conference listening session at the Roosevelt Room of the White House.
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Axing social programs can mean more social costs in the future

Apr 6, 2017
President Trump’s budget director, Mick Mulvaney, made some waves a few weeks ago when he defended cuts to the community development block grant program because “We can’t spend money on programs just because they sound good.” It can be hard to justify spending on things like Meals on Wheels or children’s after school-programs, because their […]