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How Donald Trump's budget would affect public education in Colorado

20 March 2017, 03:33 | Taylor George

The reality is that if Congress were to accept these numbers - which it can't possibly do - America would be made dumber, dirtier, hungrier and sicker. In a nutshell, there is a $54 billion reduction in non-Defense programs. Other big losers: the Agriculture and Labor departments, whose budget would both be cut by 21 percent, and the Department of Health and Services, whose funding would be slashed by 18 percent.

Thankfully, the radical steps in Trump's budget likely won't be realized. Sen.

Yet an early supporter of Trump, Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., called the idea of cutting after-school programs "misguided" in a letter to White House budget director Mick Mulvaney. We're not spending money on that anymore. "The answer was no".

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's administration "rejects the notion of shifting funds from already under-resourced public schools to fund vouchers for private education", said Reigelman. That would be gone under the new budget.

The budget would eliminate taxpayer funding altogether for 19 small agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities and Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which funds PBS and NPR.

All new spending is paid for by spending cuts. "He thinks they overreach". "The president very clearly wanted to send a message to our allies and our potential adversaries that this is a strong power administration, so you have seen money move from soft power programs, such as foreign aid, into more hard power programs". It was a Republican president, Richard Nixon, who founded the agency, and it is another Republican president who apparently wants to end the federal government's role in protecting the environment.

Trump has repeatedly said he believes climate change is a hoax, and last week his EPA chief Scott Pruitt said that in his view, carbon dioxide is not a primary contributor to global warming.

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The budget also eliminates funding for regional programs to clean up the Great Lakes, Puget Sound and Chesapeake Bay, as well as Energy Star, a popular program to promote efficiency in home appliances. Make America's Water Dirty Again!

The Defense Department will see an increase of about 10 percent and the Department of Homeland Security's budget will go up by about 6 percent.

It would also eliminate climate change research and worldwide climate change programs.

There's barely a peep in Trump's budget about Medicare or Medicaid.

Without action, the Choice program will expire in August.

Another cut would eliminate the Essential Air Services program. "We don't know what health care reform will look like, what it will do to the budget".

- Trump would get rid of $11 million in what it calls "unproven" training grants doled out by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which regulates safety in the workplace.

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