Today, President Donald Trump released a $1.1 trillion dollar draft budget for 2018, slashing EPA funds by 31 percent, the State Department by 28 percent, and zeroing out the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, National Endowment for the Arts, and more. He did propose $54 billion in defense spending, so at least future members of our spartan dystopia will get to live in a real-life version of The Hunger Games-meets-Mad Max.
All things considered, NASA dodged several rounds of bullets. Two pages of the proposal, which were dedicated solely to the agency, indicate that its top line is $19.1 billion, which is a 0.4 percent boost from President Obama’s 2017 proposal. But a closer look at the fine print reveals that some departments within NASA were significantly slashed. For example, funding for the agency’s earth science division will cut by 13 percent, which is unsettling considering Earth is the planet we live on and we’re not doing a great job taking care of it.