In national news:

President Donald Trump released his initial budget outline yesterday, calling for a 21 percent budget cut to the Department of Labor (DOL). The 2018 budget (entitled “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again”) requests $9.6 billion for the Department of Labor, which is a $2.5 billion decrease from the 2017 level. The budget outline expands re-employment and eligibility assessments at the DOL and calls for the elimination of the $434 million Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) and the closing of Job Corps centers for disadvantaged youth that “do a poor job educating and preparing students.” Perhaps most significantly for the workers’ comp industry, the budget also eliminates OSHA’s “unproven training grants, yielding savings of almost $11 million from the 2017 annualized CR level and focusing the agency on its central work of keeping workers safe on the job.”

Read more via The Daily Caller here.

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