Schools Win; NASA Loses

First look at proposed 2011 budget shows sharp break between haves and have-nots
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 1, 2010 5:31 PM CST
President Barack Obama speaks with students at Wright Middle school in Madison, Wis., Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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(Newser) – President Obama delivered his proposed 2011 budget to Congress today, and the Washington Post drills down to find the winners and losers. Winners first:

  • K-12 education: The Department of Education's budget will increase by 6%, or $3 billion.
  • Research: The proposal pumps up the Energy Department's budget 7%, or $2 billion, and the National Science Foundation's budget climbs 8%.
  • The military: The Defense Department's budget rises 3.4%, and that's not counting spending on the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.


  • Nonprofit s: Obama is looking to cut the amount higher-income taxpayers can deduct for donations to charities and universities.
  • Would-be visitors to the moon: The budget eliminates NASA's Constellation program, which aimed to return humans to the moon.
  • Low-income workers: The advance earned income tax credit, which funneled the EITC back into wage-earners' paychecks instead of making them wait until refund time, disappears.
To see the full lists, click here.

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