Trump administration

Don Rush

The Trump Administration budget would slash the Chesapeake Bay Program from $85 million in 2020 down to $7.3 million.

This is part of its decision to reduce Environmental Protection Agency budget by 27 percent.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the budget statement say it is targeting or eliminating low-value programs as well as “wasteful spending on mandatory programs.”

crreative commons

The Trump administration has been criticized for ignore science in favor of policies that favor industry. The Union of Concerned Scientist has been one of those who are worried about the impact on crises like climate change. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Jenna Reed, a researcher with the Union.

creative commons

CHICAGO (AP) - Attorneys general of Maryland, Delaware and Virginia have joined 10 others states to file a lawsuit challenging a Trump administration rule that'll allow immigration officials to deny green cards to migrants who use public assistance, including food stamps or housing vouchers.

The federal lawsuit filed Wednesday in Richland, Washington, follows a similar one Tuesday by two California counties.

creative commons

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The U.S. Naval Academy will ban people who are transgender from attending the school, beginning with the 2020 school year.

The Defense Department confirmed the policy change to the Capital Gazette on Monday. The school in Annapolis, Maryland, currently accepts transgender students and retains midshipmen who transition to another gender.

The change follows a policy shift under the Trump Administration to bar people who are transgender from serving in the military. The new policy applies to students enrolled in the 2020-21 school year and beyond.

EPA

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Conservationists in Virginia and Maryland say a Trump administration proposal could undermine efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay.

The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk reported last week that the measure would roll back federal protections for certain waterways and wetlands.

It would specifically impact "ephemeral" streams, which flow after a rainstorm or snowmelt. Also under threat are isolated wetlands that experts say help to filter pesticides and fertilizer from nation's largest estuary.

msa.maryland.gov

BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore has filed a federal lawsuit against the Trump administration alleging that "unlawful" efforts to alter a longstanding policy are deterring immigrants from receiving public assistance they are entitled to.

msa.maryland.gov

BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's attorney general has filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump's administration for efforts he says are intended to undercut the nation's health care law.

The lawsuit filed in federal court Thursday is the latest in a broad effort by attorneys general in various U.S. states pushing back against a "sabotage" of the Affordable Care Act following years of failed GOP attempts to fully repeal the Obama-era law.

creative commons

BALTIMORE (AP) - A university's pharmacy school has cancelled classes on growing medical marijuana.

The Baltimore Sun reported Monday that the University of Maryland appears to be concerned about how the Trump Administration will enforce federal marijuana laws.

Medical marijuana has been legalized in nearly 30 states, including Maryland. And Maryland state law requires workers who are employed by growers, processors, dispensaries and laboratories to have training in their areas.

ereic christensen / gnu free documentation license

Governor John Carney has sent a letter to the Trump Administration expressing his opposition to offshore shore drilling along the Delaware coast or anywhere else in the Atlantic Ocean.

The letter was sent to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in which he said there were over 60-thousand jobs involved in the tourist or fishing industries that could be effected.

WBOC reports that the Delaware Democrat said that a 2012 analysis found that more than 10 percent of the state’s total employment, taxes and production value is bound up with the coastal areas.

Don Rush

Governor Larry Hogan announced yesterday that the state will invest $1 million for the revitalization of downtown Salisbury.

Mayor Jake Day hailed the money as marking a real partnership between state and local government.

He said, “The most important announcement said, ‘I’m a partner. I’m invested from this point forward.’ We’re going to see fruition of this project within three years. And I believe we have a partner all the way through, from beginning to end.”