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New tax plan will hurt students

From American Federation of Teachers (AFT), “If the [proposed] Republican tax plan passes, it will not be possible for many graduate students across the country to afford their education. Their [Republican-led] bill will force them to pay hundreds of dollars more in taxes by treating tuition waivers – the tuition that is waived by universities Read More

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NOAA Briefing on the Presidents FY16 Budget Request – Feb 17, 2015

On February 17, 2015, 2:00-4:00PM, tentatively, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will give a FY16 Budget Briefing for stakeholders. This will be following the announcement of the President’s Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request expected during the week of February 2, which includes funding for NOAA. Per NOAA communication, “NOAA Administrator Dr. Kathryn Sullivan will Read More

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Legislation

S.1254: Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act of 2014 was signed by President on June 30. Authorizes over $20M to include maintaining and enhancing “a national harmful algal bloom and hypoxia program” — bill at https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/s1254/text. Program is to be led by NOAA and a national task force, similar to Gulf Read More

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NOAA budget

Hearing on Thu, April 30, 10am ET, of House Science, Space and Technology Committee, Environment subcommittee, will review NOAA’s FY2015 Budget (site includes link for live video of hearing)– http://science.house.gov/hearing/environment-subcommittee-hearing-overview-national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration

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Legislation

House passed H.R. 2431: National Integrated Drought Information System Reauthorization Act of 2013, “a collaborative effort between numerous federal agencies and several state governments to provide a dynamic and accessible drought-risk information system.” House subcommittee news item at http://democrats.science.house.gov/press-release/house-passes-drought-research-legislation. Bill now goes to Senate.