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The budget proposed by President Donald Trump shows his priorities. He was thrilled to sign a huge tax cut for the wealthy and corporations who don’t need more money but has no problem cutting $1.8 trillion to Medicaid and Medicare. He wants a 30 percent cut in food stamp funding over a decade.

His proposal for infrastructure improvements will provide 20 percent of the cost. States, cities and private investors are supposed to provide the rest of the money.

His plan to end the opioid crisis is $1 billion, a low number for a national public health crisis. However, total defense spending would increase by 25 percent over the next decade.

His plan would add $7 trillion to the deficit over the next 10 years. It’s not like he’s holding back from a big idea because he’s worried about the price tag.

America has desperate needs. Trump’s budget doesn’t deliver any of that.

Carol Ring, Schererville

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Local News Editor

Marc Chase is a veteran investigative reporter, columnist and editor of more than two decades. He currently leads The Times news staff as local news editor. He can be reached at 219-933-3327.