https://twitter.com/tommyxtopher/status/842459136109510656Meals on Wheels doesn't work? Yeah, I guess all those ungrateful old fucks take their free meals and then they just get hungry ALL OVER AGAIN like 6 hours later what the fuck is up with that?
The National Institutes of Health budget would be cut by $5.8 billion, meaning it would lose about 20%. The Environmental Protection Agency would face $2.6 billion in cuts, that's 31% of the agency's budget. The Department of Energy would lose $900 million, or about 20% of its budget. Health and Human Services would see a $15.1 billion or 18% budget cut; as part of that, it shifts costs to industry from the Food and Drug Administration budget. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration would face an 18% budget cut.
A February 2015 evaluation of the agency's work showed that in the past 50 years, the ARC's $3.8 billion invested in non-highway related programs resulted in 312,000 jobs and $10.5 billion in additional earnings. Because of its work, the agency told the Lexington Herald Ledger, the number of high-poverty counties in Appalachia dropped from 295 in 1960 to 84 in 2017. The overall poverty rate also decreased since the ARC's founding, from 30 percent to under 17 percent. "We're doing what we said we would do since 1965," Wasserman said, "which is invest in Appalachia's potential." Without federal funding, she said, the ARC literally would not exist.
The MEP, launched in 1988 under the Reagan administration, received $143 million this year from the Commerce Department, or 43 cents per taxpayer. The program estimated its impact in a report this year. "For every one dollar of federal investment, the MEP national network generates $17.9 in new sales growth for manufacturers," the authors wrote. ". . . For every $1,501 of federal investment, MEP creates or retains one manufacturing job."Denny Dotson, the chairman of Dotson Iron Castings in Mankato, Minn., said his company probably would have died without the program's help."They helped us and so many manufacturers stay competitive in today's international climate," he said. "We grew."
But eliminating the NEA would also have a very real cost. Its grants are bestowed to all 50 states in the nation, in all congressional districts. Forty percent of the NEA's budget goes directly to states to spend for themselves, with the proviso that they match the funds dollar for dollar via their own arts agencies--encouraging a further investment in the arts at the state level. Just as significantly, 65 percent of the NEA's direct grants go to small and medium-sized arts groups, keeping the arts alive in rural and underserved communities. It's here where the agency's elimination would be most keenly felt, at organizations largely ignored by private donors, but which bring the arts to audiences including veterans and schoolchildren, often in impoverished neighborhoods.
Currently, 40 percent of NEA-supported activities take place in high-poverty neighborhoods, with 36 percent of grants going to underserved populations including programs for veterans and people with disabilities. In the last five decades, the NEA has nurtured grassroots organizations that existed off the radar of private donors, while bringing them prestige and attention that has helped them raise their profiles. It has also pioneered partnerships with other agencies, like the NEA Military Healing Arts Network, which supports art therapy for wounded veterans, active military members, and their families. This kind of work can and should be bipartisan: Vice President Mike Pence's wife, Karen Pence, announced on Inauguration Day that art therapy was one of her official causes.
Leland Melvin was, in his own words, "a skinny kid from public schools in Lynchburg, Va., who never in my wildest dreams thought of being an astronaut." Boys like him aimed to become athletes, and that's where Melvin seemed headed: He went to college on a football scholarship and got drafted by the Detroit Lions after graduation.But then Melvin found out about NASA's Graduate Student Researchers Project, which would pay for him to take night classes for a master's degree in materials science engineering. When a hamstring injury derailed his football career, he had science to fall back on. Melvin got a job building sensors for rockets at Langley Research Center, then a second fellowship from NASA that allowed him to take more engineering courses. Eventually Melvin became associate administrator for the NASA Office of Education, which runs the same programs that funded his education.In between, he flew to the International Space Station aboard the space shuttle. Twice."If it hadn't been for NASA Education I wouldn't have been funded to go to school, to work at NASA Langley, to become an astronaut," Melvin said.
Though the Science Mission Directorate and the individual NASA centers operate some outreach programs, the Office of Education is responsible for coordinating those efforts. It also runs a space camp for children, develops curriculums for teachers, and funds scholarships and fellowships for young scientists, particularly women and underrepresented minorities. The office's biggest initiative is the $40 million Space Grant program, which funded Forczyk's internships."A lot of times the only way women or minorities can actually succeed is through these grants," Forczyk said. "It's the only way they continue getting funding."
This is fucking evil.
Alternate Budgeting!though keep in mind that Trump's budget isn't even really a budget at all but a half-assed partial outline of a budget that's light even by half-assed partial WH budget standards, and multiple Congressional R's have said various parts are DOA.We're probably going to be keeping the government running via continuing resolutions for a while.
all the republican congresspeople commenting on the budget are politely suggesting they're going to edit this liberally