Budget Includes Fishing Lessons, Moon Shot

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 26, 2009 7:00 PM CST
Copies of President Obama's budget for fiscal 2010 are seen at the U.S. General Printing Office in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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(Newser) – A $3.6 trillion budget is bound to have nooks and crannies. The Wall Street Journal takes a look at some of the lesser publicized aspects of President Obama's plan:

  • Interior Department gets $50 million to teach young people how to hunt and fish and generally love the environment.
  • NASA gets a 14% increase to $19.7 billion, enough to return an astronaut to the moon by 2020.

  • A Social Innovation Fund would be created to "invest in the next generation of social entrepreneurs." The amount is unspecified, but the federal Corporation for National Community Service gets a 30% jump to $1.13 billion.
  • To encourage private donations to expand national parks, the budgets sets aside $25 million in matching funds.