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This week, Martha Nussbaum — philosopher, author, and professor of law and ethics at the University of Chicago — answers our questions.
CBS’s Sunday Morning: In the segment narrated by Erin Moriarty, she complained that “Last month, the Trump Administration unveiled a proposed budget that defunds the National Endowment for the Art, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Appalachian Regional Commission, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.”
In late March, the National Governors Association sent a letter to congressional leadership urging “meaningful consultation with states when considering any reduction or elimination of federal funding that will shift costs to states.” Gov. Brian Sandoval signed the letter as NGA’s vice chair.
The Trump administration has proposed eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, programs that provide large grants to the Nevada Arts Council and Nevada Public Radio. It would slash Community Development Block Grants and a wastewater disposal fund for rural areas. Trump’s budget also would reduce funding for PILT (Payments in Lieu of Taxes), which reimburses counties that forgo property tax on parcels owned by the federal government. This is an especially important tool for states in the West, where nearly half of the land is federally owned (in Nevada, it’s 85 percent).
Lyon County received about $2 million in PILT funding last year, and the county has seen the federal government adjust payments in the past. “We never put that $2 million in our operating budget, mainly because politicians do this (stuff) all the time,” Page said. But he said losing it would still be a “big deal” because it helps the growing county keep up with capital improvements.
In a Friday email to the Yale community, University President Peter Salovey said that Yale will continue to fight for “federal funding that advances our national and human interests,” specifically addressing Trump’s proposed cuts to student aid, the National Institutes of Health and the National Endowment for the Humanities that will take effect in 2018.
The March For Science - The initiative started on social media, where numerous users tried to convince peers who are interested in science to get out of their homes to protect the scientific community.
"This has been a living laboratory as scientists and science institutions are willing to take a step outside their comfort zone, outside of the labs and into the public spheres," said Beka Economopoulos, founder of the pop-up Natural History Museum and an organizer of the march.
The budget cut also affected non-scientific activities. The National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts were some of the programs that President Trump proposes to eliminate.
April 22 was President Trump's 100th day in office, and his measures were not received with as much popularity as he may have expected. As a result of these budget cuts, thousands of scientists and science supporters marched in Washington, D.C. in what was called "the March of Science."