Grant Program Cuts Proposed in President’s FY 2019 Budget

February 14, 2018 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

MoneyOn the heels of Congress and the White House reaching a spending deal for federal fiscal year (FY) 2018, President Trump has issued his FY 2019 budget proposal. The proposal, like the 2018 White House budget proposal, includes numerous substantial cuts, and some grant programs — particularly key block grant programs — are in line for the chopping block. The budget also included an addendum that addresses higher funding levels adopted in the FY 2018 spending deal.

The president’s budget proposal includes $3 trillion in spending cuts over 10 years aimed at moving towards a balanced budget. Among his spending priorities includes $200 billion for the infrastructure proposal funded by cuts in other areas; $23 billion for border security and immigration enforcement; $83.1 billion for the Department of Veterans Affairs; and $5 billion over the next five years to address the opioid epidemic.

However, the budget would eliminate numerous several discretionary programs including education grants, the Community Services Block Grant, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, the Community Development Block Grant, and TIGER transportation grants. The proposal also would reduce funding for several agencies, including a cut of $2.8 billion for the Environmental Protection Agency, $3.7 billion for the Department of Agriculture and $7.1 billion to the Department of Education.

These potential cuts are not sitting well with city and county officials. For example, National League of Cities President Mark Stodola, who also is the mayor of Little Rock, Ark., recently stated:  “For the second year in a row, this administration has released a budget proposal that would seriously damage the well-being of America’s cities, towns and villages,” he said. “Programs that invest in cities — including CDBG, TIGER, LIHEAP, and 21st Century Community Learning Centers — are essential to the prosperity, health and safety of our residents. Rather than honor Congress’ bipartisan funding agreement, the White House has only offered a roadmap for disinvestment and disengagement with cities and local governments.”

The National Association of Counties is calling for its members to urge their members of Congress, particularly those who serve on the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee, to protect the Social Services Block Grant and support full funding. It released a policy letter noting that the Social Services Block grant is the main source of federal funds for adult protective services, which are often a county responsibility, and that these funds can be used to support foster care placements for children who are otherwise ineligible for the federal foster care program.

It will be interesting to see how FY 2019 budget hearings shape up to see how agency grant programs will eventually be affected. Again we say, stay tuned.

What is your reaction to the president’s FY 2019 budget proposal. We’d love to hear from you.

As a reminder, we have all of our Federal Funding Training Forums scheduled for 2018. Please let me know if you have questions or can make any of these. We hope to see you there!

  • Wednesday May 1 – Friday May 4 in ST LOUIS

http://www.federalgrantsforum.com/stlouis/index.html?src=AT

  • Wednesday July 25 – Friday July 27 in MINNEAPOLIS

http://www.federalgrantsforum.com/minneapolis/index.html?src=AT

  • Wednesday October 17 – Friday October 19 in ATLANTA

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