The new budget for the state of New York will see a 25 percent cut in its funding for the Special Olympics.
The Trump administration backtracked Thursday after being criticized for cutting federal funding to the same program.
First, the Trump administration tried to cut funding
Last week, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos submitted a budget proposal for her department to Congress that would have cut all $18 million the federal government gives to the Special Olympics. This was the third time she had submitted such a proposal.
On Thursday, Trump announced that the program would remain funded and called the Special Olympics "incredible."
DeVos said that she had "fought for" Special Olympics funding "behind the scenes over the last several years," begging the question of why she tried to defund it in the first place.
Only days later, the state of New York tried the same thing
In 2017, the state government of New York increased its commitment to the Special Olympics to $200,000. For 2020, that number dropped to $150,000 — a 25 percent decrease. The size of the entire budget is $175 billion.
This decrease in the Special Olympics budget is also less than the $70,000 raise that the new budget gives to Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, bringing his annual salary up to $250,000 a year.
While obviously not as much as the proposed cut in the Department of Education funding, when DeVos threatened to cut funding to the Special Olympics, several prominent Democrats were quick to publicly criticize her decision. Not just the amount, but the idea that she would cut funding to such a worthwhile charity.
These included presidential hopeful Amy Klobuchar...
!!! Five Trump trips to Mar-a-Lago would cover Betsy Devos’s proposed Special Olympics cuts https://t.co/D6fpF50MB9— Amy Klobuchar (@Amy Klobuchar)1553736492.0
...Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and outspoken Trump critic Adam Schiff (D-Calif.)...
If you’re a charter school that discriminates against LGBTQ students, Betsy DeVos will fund you. But if you’re a c… https://t.co/zCghGkX5Bk— Adam Schiff (@Adam Schiff)1553806975.0
...Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.)...
I see Betsy DeVos and the GOP are doubling down on their Anti-Everybody agenda by working to cut Fed funding for *t… https://t.co/GZF6gD6uCX— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)1553733496.0
...and Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.), whose great-aunt, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, started the Special Olympics.
To paraphrase Secretary DeVos, tax breaks for private jets take priority over @SpecialOlympics athletes in this Adm… https://t.co/59hJQSGGLL— Rep. Joe Kennedy III (@Rep. Joe Kennedy III)1553708901.0
So far, none of these four prominent Democrats have tweeted their criticism of the New York budget.