In a Surprise Move, Many of Trump’s Economic Proposals Hurt Rural and Lower-Income Americans

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  • President Donald Trump has proposed eliminating funding for economic development programs that support laid-off coal miners and others in Appalachia. His proposal is stirring fears in a region that supported him of another letdown on the heels of the coal industry’s collapse.
  • In his first budget blueprint since taking office, President Donald Trump held to his promise to build up the U.S. military while slashing domestic spending — even for programs that benefit the rural and lower-income Americans who voted for him last November.
  • “Some people might think it’s a betrayal,” said Eric Waara, the Republican city manager of the 7,000-person town of Houghton on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, who said he hoped the proposal was just a negotiating tactic. “I think that we all hope it’s the first small step until something better.”