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Pre-register now for ‘teach-in’ on Trump budget


Retired Evergreen professor Dan Leahy has been doing some terrific research on the Trump administration’s budget proposal. You can get a flavor for his work in the April 2017 edition of Works In Progress, where Leahy itemizes each of the independent agencies targeted for elimination. More recently he has pulled together data on how Trump’s proposed cuts would directly impact Thurston County.

Leahy hopes to use this research as part of a community teach-in scheduled for Monday, June 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Capitol Theater in Olympia. According to an email from Leahy that was posted on Envirotalk, he needs participants to pre-register as soon as possible — ideally before Tuesday, April 25 (go here for the pre-registration form). You can also contact Leahy at or 360/402-0441.

A teach-in sounds like a great idea to me — as long as it is not viewed as just another lefty event. Cuts being considered by the Trump administration are so broad that they should generate opposition from across the political spectrum. In addition, conservatives — especially the business community — could play a particularly powerful role in opposing cuts that directly hurt their interests.

This is one of those topics where coalition building is crucial. Those who are skeptical about whether it is worth the effort would do well to study a successful attempt by environmentalists to derail a bill that would have given millions of acres of federal lands to the states. Environmentalists didn’t have enough political clout on their own so allied with hunters and anglers (read more here).


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