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Live: FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies on 2020 budget requests

Live: FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies on 2020 budget requests

Happening Now: FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies before the House Appropriations Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee hearing on “Federal Bureau of Investigation Budget Request for FY2020. FOX News operates the FOX News Channel (FNC), FOX Business Network (FBN),…

State Budget Fallout & More: The Week Ahead in New York Politics, April 1

Twitter What to watch for this week in New York politics: This week will be dominated by dissection of and fallout from the new state budget, a $175.5 billion spending and policy plan agreed to by Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature over the weekend. Items like a new congestion pricing plan for New York City and making permanent the 2 percent annual property tax cap for all areas outside the city span both fiscal and policy areas. The City Council has a quieter week after just having wrapped up an intense month of hearings on Mayor de Blasio’s $92 billion preliminary budget. The mayor’s executive budget, which will take into account the Council hearings and response, as well as the new state budget, and more, is due toward the end of this month. There are some City Council hearings this week, plus other events around the city -- see our day-by-day rundown below. ***Do you have events or topics for us to include in an upcoming Week Ahead in New York Politics? e-mail Gotham Gazette editor Ben Max:*** The run of the week in detail: Monday At 8:15 a.m. Monday, NYC Health + Hospitals President Mitchell Katz will speak to the Citizens Budget Commission at the Yale Club. Tuesday The New York State Legislature will be in session on Tuesday in Albany. At 11 a.m. Wednesday, Mayor de Blasio will speak to the Atlantic’s “Renewal Summit” at CNVS in Midtown, discussing “how cities like New York can keep growing, while staying true to those who have long called it home.” At the City Council on Wednesday: --The Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting, and Maritime Uses will meet at 10:45 a.m. --The Committee on Land Use will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday At the City Council on Thursday: The Committee on Technology will meet at 1 p.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “automated decision systems used by agencies.” At 9:30 a.m. Thursday, the Rent Guidelines Board will meet at the Landmarks Preservation Commission Conference Room in the Manhattan Municipal Building. Mayor de Blasio may make his weekly appearance on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show on Friday at 10 a.m. *** Have events or topics for us to include in an upcoming Week Ahead in New York Politics?
Betsy DeVos Proposal To Cut Special Olympics Funding Sparks Outrage | Rachel l Maddow | MSNBC

Betsy DeVos Proposal To Cut Special Olympics Funding Sparks Outrage | Rachel l Maddow...

Rep. Mark Pocan talks with Rachel Maddow about his confrontation of Trump Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over her proposed elimination of federal funding for the Special Olympics. » Subscribe to MSNBC: MSNBC delivers breaking news and in-depth analysis of…

The Week Ahead in Education Politics: DeVos and Democrats Expected to Clash as Ed...

(See previous editions here.) You can get the preview delivered straight to your inbox by signing up for The 74 Newsletter; for rolling updates on federal education policy, follow Carolyn Phenicie on Twitter @cphenicie. A brief rundown: —In 2017, she battled with House Democrats over civil rights protections for students participating in a proposed voucher program. This year should be no different, with Democrats having already panned the administration’s budget requests. Additionally, President Trump signed an executive order that will require colleges that receive federal research dollars to certify that they’re upholding the First Amendment. The executive order also will require the Education Department to post more student earnings and loan default data on the College Scorecard, and to put together a report on “risk-sharing,” the idea that colleges should be held financially responsible when graduates can’t repay their loans. MONDAY: PUBLIC SCHOOLS WEEK — The Learning First Alliance, an umbrella group of a dozen education groups, hosts Public Schools Week, including Capitol Hill events on protections for students with disabilities and church-state issues in education. MONDAY: FREE SPEECH IN HIGHER ED — The Bipartisan Policy Center holds a panel discussion on free speech and intellectual diversity in higher education. TUESDAY: WORKERS’ RIGHTS — The House Education and Labor Committee holds a hearing on protecting workers’ rights and “the need for labor law reform.” Several states passed laws in the run-up of the Janus decision last year to strengthen public sector union rights ahead of the Supreme Court’s decision to end mandatory union dues. WEDNESDAY: BUDGET MEMBER DAY — The House Appropriations subcommittee opens a hearing for House Members to share their spending priorities in the Education, Labor and Health and Human Services departments.

Politics Trump Policy Once Again in Budget Debate

The fiscal year 2020 budget proposes spending $4.7 trillion. That's up from $4.5 trillion last year and $4.1 trillion in FY 2018. Spending between FY 2020 and FY 2029 will grow by 40 percent, and thanks to projected GDP growth averaging 3 percent over the next decade, revenue may grow by 72 percent during that time. Also, $2 trillion have been added to the debt during the last two years. While the deficit is projected to be cut in half over the next decade and the debt may stabilize, as we shall see, these numbers carry little credibility. And to be fair, the budget does propose $2.7 trillion in spending reduction over the next 10 years. While many of these spending reform proposals are worth implementing, they simply aren't realistic. The budget proposes cutting these expenditures 9 percent between this year and next, and 26 percent over the next 10 years. What's more, the administration uses an old trick practiced by previous administrations. Fiscal responsibility can never be achieved on the back of non-defense spending alone, especially if it's offset by massive growth to defense spending.

Political Cornflakes: Take a look at the winners and losers in President Trump’s budget

[Politico] -> A bill dubbed “Lauren’s Law” in honor of murdered University of Utah student Lauren McCluskey failed in committee Monday. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13] [ABC4] [KSL] -> President Donald Trump’s budget would cut the Interior Department’s spending by 14 percent, speed up oil and gas exploration and slash money to preserve new land. Democrats say the bill is dead on arrival. [Trib] -> Tensions are rippling throughout the Utah House and Senate over what will become of the tax reform proposal that disintegrated last week. [Trib] -> The Senate Transportation Committee voted to hold a bill that would have Utah following in the footsteps of 19 other states by only requiring cars to have one license plate rather than two. [Trib] -> The Tribune obtained an email from the Salt Lake Chamber inviting a rail company to come to Utah to sit on a committee made up of a multitude of businesses to discuss the inland port project. [Trib] -> A Senate committee passed along a bill that would create a commission to review the state flag and potentially recommend alternative designs. The legislation will go before the Senate next. [Politico] [WaPost] Got a tip? Email us at

Warning signs for Trump loom as he unveils budget

(CNN)Early warning signs are flashing for President Donald Trump on some of his core arguments on immigration, the economy and North Korea that are central to his 2020 re-election message. Trump has often claimed that he is presiding over the "greatest economy in the history of our country." And a rise in crossings across the southern border — while playing into Trump's claims of a crisis in the short term, contradict his wider argument that hardline enforcement policies are the best way to manage immigration and suggest his totemic political plan for a border wall may be ignoring the real problem. Many Republican strategists believe that a perceived race to the left by Democrats could give the GOP the best chance of keeping the White House in 2020. There have been other recent warning signs for the economy. Annual growth for 2018 fell just short of Trump's 3% target and according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis quarterly growth figures have been on the decline for the last three quarters, possibly reflecting the fading stimulatory influence of the GOP tax cuts. In Trump's new budget to be unveiled on Monday, the administration predicts 3.2% annual growth his year, 3.1% growth in 2020, and 3% GDP expansion the following year, the Wall Street Journal reported. Trump's failure to reach a deal with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at their second summit in Vietnam last month dealt a blow to the President's most important foreign policy venture. The administration used the figures to argue that the immigration crisis that Trump has proclaimed in an effort to win support for his border wall is getting worse. The White House will ask Congress for $8.6 billion for the wall in the new budget, sources told CNN, prompting a quick response from Democrats at the start of a new showdown over immigration, following last year's government shutdown drama.

What to expect after Governor’s budget address: a “political showdown”

MADISON (WKOW) — Governor Tony Evers will lay out his priorities for the next state budget Thursday, but he’ll face several roadblocks. Republican leadership has criticized almost all of Evers’ proposals he’s released prior to his speech. The governor’s budget is due July 1st, but several lawmakers have doubts it will pass on time with the anticipation of political showdowns and pressure to reach a deal. The nonpartisan group Wisconsin Policy Forum said it’s possible the state could experience a budget stalemate, but it also wouldn’t be the first time. In 2017, former governor Scott Walker’s budget was stalled for two months over a debate on how to fund transportation. Jason Stein, Research Director for the Policy Forum, said to plan for the political environment to be “tense” the next few months. “We had two years of Democratic control and eight years of Republican control and now we’re moving into a world where the two parties have to work something out, but it’s a much more polarized environment than we’ve seen before,” said Stein. Once lawmakers review Evers’ budget, they’re likely to make changes, though the governor will have the final say. Evers can sign the bill, veto it entirely or use his powerful partial veto pen to make changes. While the Legislature could try to muster enough votes to override the governor by a two-thirds vote in the case of a veto, it’s something not successfully done in the state since 1985.

UK hospital admissions for addiction soar as treatment budgets fall

More than half of the local authorities in England have cut their budgets for alcohol and drug treatment, even though admissions to hospital for problems related to addiction are soaring, say MPs. “Every child of an alcoholic comes to learn the brutal hard way that we can’t change things for our parents, but we can change things for our children,” said Byrne. We’re spending money dealing with A&E admissions when we should be trying to tackle the addiction that lands people in hospital in the first place.” The FoI data shows that alcohol-related hospital admissions are up by 13%, with 39,000 more last year than in 2009, while alcohol treatment budgets have been cut by 4%. The average budget cut for alcohol and drug treatment services last year was £155,000, but some were much higher. The largest absolute cut was by Birmingham city council at £3,846,000, which is 19% of its budget. Islington cut the largest proportion of its budget, at 34%, amounting to £2,431,800. Local authorities plan to cut addiction treatment services by a further 2% next year. Ninety-three per cent of local authorities say that addiction treatment budgets will stand still or fall next year. The only positive news from the all-party parliamentary group is that 67% of local authorities now say they have services in place to support the children of alcoholics, up from 50% last year and less than 25% in 2015. I hope ministers will listen to the patients and to the children of alcoholics and address this funding crisis immediately.” A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “All children deserve a stable and happy place to call home and it’s heartbreaking that hundreds of thousands of children growing up with alcohol-addicted parents in this country are robbed of this.

Will the politics of Modinomics work in Lok Sabha elections?

An exasperated Modi told this writer: Tell me if a Congress leader has visited a farm in the past 10 years. Were there no farming calamities then? The Congress lured farmers away from the BJP by promising to waive their loans if they came to power. While the sop may bring some relief to 100 million small farmers, the overriding feeling is that it was too little too late. It also ignored the 140 million agricultural labourers. When it came to agriculture, the Modi government made the same mistake many previous governments did. While the Modi government did make an effort in this direction, it fell far short. Whether the cash promised is sufficient to push them to vote for the BJP is doubtful. The sop would provide relief of a maximum of Rs 12,500 a year. As with farmers, even with jobs, perception matters and the government can ignore it only at its own peril.