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Trump budget would trample Maine
Trump budget would trample Maine
More details about President Trump's 2018 budget proposal are emerging. Here is a partial list from The Washington Post focusing on environmental and conservation programs. If enacted as proposed, the budget could decimate Maine, especially rural communities, especially those where a majority of voters supported Trump.

• Eliminates more than 50 programs and 3,200 jobs at EPA
• Discontinues funding for EPA international climate-change programs
• Cuts funding for the EPA Office of Research and Development in half
• Cuts funding for the Superfund cleanup program
• Terminates four NASA missions aimed at understanding climate-change
• Eliminates funding for National Historic Sites
• Decreases funding for conservation land acquisition by $120 million
• Eliminates funding for the Northern Border Regional Commission
• Eliminates $500 million for water & wastewater loans and grants
• Unspecified staff reductions at USDA service center agencies
• Cuts $95 million from the Rural Business and Cooperative Service
• Eliminates climate-change prevention programs
• Eliminates pledged payments to U.N. climate-change programs
• Cuts $250 million from coastal research programs that ready communities for rising seas
• Eliminates the $73 million Sea Grant program
• Eliminates the Economic Development Administration, which gives grants to struggling communities
• Cuts $900 million from the Energy Dept's Office of Science
• Eliminates the Energy Star, Weatherization Assistance Program, and Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Program
• Gives $120 million to restart licensing Yucca Mountain as a nuclear waster dump
• Cuts $667 million from grant programs to state and local agencies, including pre-disaster mitigation grants
• Cuts $499 million from the TIGER grant program, which funds road, transit and other projects
• Eliminates grants for Community Development Financial Institutions, which provide financial services in economically distressed neighborhoods

Posted on Thursday, March 16, 2017 (Archive on Thursday, April 6, 2017)
Posted by Jym St. Pierre   Contributed by Jym St. Pierre

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