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Proposals to cut funding for the arts pop up in seemingly every federal budget discussion. A recent proposal suggested eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities completely.

Much to the relief of many, the House appropriations committee last week approved a bill to provide $145 million for each endowment in the 2018 budget. It's a slight reduction ($5 million each) but manageable, given the proposed alternative.

The House budget plan would slash spending by $5.4 trillion over 10 years, including more than $4 trillion in cuts to mandatory spending like Medicaid and Medicare, while ramping up defense spending.

Despite a White House proposal to eliminate $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the House Appropriations Committee voted late Tuesday to fully fund the program through September 2018.

The vote marks an important step toward securing funding for the Great Lakes cleanup program in the federal budget for the next fiscal year.


Medicaid Expansion Repeal

Mar 7, 2017
Ohio Governor John Kasich
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Almost 1 million Ohioans receive health insurance through Medicaid, which was expanded back in 2014 under Gov. John Kasich. As congressional republicans are considering alternatives to the Affordable Care Act, nearly 700,000 of those people could lose their health insurance if Medicaid expansions are repealed. Today we'll discuss the future of Medicaid and what a repeal of the 2014 expansion would mean for Ohioans. 

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Trump's Speech Before Congress

Mar 1, 2017
Donald Trump speaking
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Last night President Donald Trump addressed a joint session of Congress for the first time since taking office. We'll sit down with a panel of guests to analyze his speech.

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