Budget update

The AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) recently put up an analysis of the recent House budget proposal. In addition to the full sequestration cuts hitting science, the House budget lays on an addition 5% cut to non-defense R&D. That makes a total cut of about 12% to research next year! And, as you can see from the plot in the AAAS report (red line), the situation stays bad for years… The plot doesn’t go out that far, but that low level lasts for a decade! If that seems bad to you, tell your elected representatives!

Of course, this is an election year, control of the House and Senate is split, alternate proposals are being floated… This is by no means how the final budget will look. All the more reason to tell congress how you think it should be!

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