From elderly recipients of heating assistance and Meals on Wheels to homeowners with flood insurance or a nearby Superfund site to commuters worried about the looming failure of a century-old train tunnel, deep cuts to federal programs proposed Thursday by President Donald Trump would be felt across New Jersey.Trump’s budget director, Mick Mulvaney, said the cuts were needed to fund the military buildup and immigration crackdown – which also would be felt in the state – that the president promised voters in last year’s election.The state could see more ozone warnings and less coastal protection because of cuts to environmental programs. And Rutgers University is concerned about research grants and student aid.But a call to increase funding for vouchers could benefit New Jersey’s Catholic schools and yeshivas. And the budget plan – basically a 62-page outline with supporting details promised more than a month from now – also called for increased funding to fight opioid abuse, an issue that Gov. Chris Christie has championed.Overall, there was rampant criticism of the plan on Capitol Hill, even from Trump’s fellow Republicans.How much becomes law depends on what Congress does in the coming year.The outline is for the budget year that starts Oct. 1, and Congress still is working on a temporary… Read full this story
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