Posts by Thomas

Budget, Appropriations, And Allocations

On May 23rd President Trump released his budget proposal for fiscal year 2018, which included far-reaching and deep cuts to programs from AmeriCorps to the Veterans’ Homeless Reintegration program. How far will this proposal go? According to the most recent Capitol Hill meetings conducted by our allies in the Committee to Investment in America’s Workforce,…

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President Trump Weighs In On Opportunity Youth

Today the Trump Administration released its proposed fiscal-year 2018 budget. A table with key opportunity youth-related line items is below. Each year the president’s budget serves as a starting point for conversations with Congress about government funding; few of its specifics make it into law. But for a new administration that has so far been…

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Helping Young People Find Their DNA

According to Jack Carey, president of Carey Manufacturing outside Hartford, the biggest loss for manufacturing in Connecticut was Pratt & Whitney ending their apprenticeship program, which had brought a steady supply of new talent to their sector. Now his small firm struggles to find young people with the “DNA” to succeed in manufacturing: an interest…

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The State of the (Federal) Budget

An Ominous White House Announcement On Monday the White House announced that the president would propose a 10 percent spike in defense spending, offset by cuts across other agencies’ budgets. It’s unclear at the moment what those cuts will look like. Offsetting the proposed increase would require $54 billion in cuts across non-defense discretionary (NDD)…

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Does the Congressional Review Act Apply to Inaugural Addresses?

One line in particular from President Trump’s inaugural address jumped out at me: “an education system flush with cash [that] leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge.” I’m confident that I read this statement through a different lens than our president as he (supposedly) wrote it, but in many ways President Trump is…

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