Gov. Inslee: Trump budget ‘incredibly harmful’ to state and local governments

  • Thu Mar 16th, 2017 3:50pm
  • News

President Trump’s federal budget proposal is short on details, Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday, but long on devastating proposals that would cut billions of dollars from education, environmental protection, health care and other critical services that Washingtonians rely on.

“The budget blueprint issued today by President Trump includes incredibly harmful reductions to education, environmental protection, housing, health care, job training and economic development programs,” Inslee said.

“Deep cuts are also made to research and development — in life sciences, clean energy, and more – that sustain America’s economic leadership in the world,” Inslee added. “This undercuts our ability to keep our people safe and healthy. The president’s proposal trades away the support needed to build a prosperous economy for working families to instead pay for tax cuts for the wealthy.”

Inslee said the president’s budget contained very few details compared to a traditional White House budget proposal, though it was clear it includes deep cuts or eliminates funding for teacher training and after-school programs, nutrition assistance for low-income women and children, essential disaster mitigation grants for state and local governments, advanced manufacturing and infrastructure, programs and policies aimed at reducing carbon pollution, health research, Puget Sound recovery, and more.

Inslee has asked state agencies to review Trump’s budget blueprint to better determine impacts to state services and programs.

According to Inslee’s office, the president’s proposed budget outline includes:

• Education: The U.S. Department of Education is cut by 14 percent, including a $3.7 billion cut for teacher training, after-school, summer and low-income aid programs.

• Health & Human Services: An 18 percent reduction to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, with a $5 billion cut to the National Institutes of Health; eliminates the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program and Community Services Block Grants; the budget does not mention Medicare, Medicaid, TANF or Head Start.

• USDA: A 21 percent cut to the U.S. Department of Agriculture; with a $200 million cut to the Women, Infants & Children nutrition assistance program, and cuts in the Water & Wastewater loan program; and international food aid.

• Commerce: A 16 percent cut to the U.S. Department of Commerce; eliminates the Economic Development Administration, Minority Business Development Agency and Manufacturing Extension Partnership program; cuts $250 million in National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grants that support coastal and marine management, research and education.

• DOD: A 9 percent increase by repealing sequestration for Department of Defense.

• Energy: A 5.6 percent cut at the U.S. Department of Energy; includes $6.5 billion for nuclear waste cleanup; eliminates weatherization and state energy programs, and the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), innovative tech and advanced vehicle loan programs; and cuts Office of Science (supporting national labs such as the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory).

• Homeland Security: A 7 percent increase in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security budget – to build a border wall, for 500 new Border Patrol agents, and 1,000 new Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents; cuts $667 million from state and local programs and disaster mitigation grants.

• HUD: The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development is cut by 13 percent; the budget eliminates Community Development Block Grants and the HOME, Choice Neighborhoods and Self-Help Homeownerships Opportunity programs.

• Interior: The U.S. Department of the Interior is cut by 12 percent; eliminates funding for 49 National Historical Sites; decreases land acquisition and Payment-in-lieu-of-Taxes (PILT) funding to local governments; maintains strong wildfire suppression funding.

• DOJ: The U.S. Department of Justice is cut by 3 percent; increased funding for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and to adjudicate immigrant removal; cuts reimbursements to states and local governments for costs of incarcerating illegal immigrants.

• USDOL: The U.S. Department of Labor is cut by 21 percent; expands Re-employment & Eligibility Assessments; eliminates Senior Community Service Employment Program; the budget calls for closing Job Corps centers that “do a poor job education and preparing students for jobs”; eliminates OSHA’s training grants.

• EPA: Environmental Protection Agency is cut by 31 percent; and discontinues the Clean Power Plan, and eliminates more than 50 programs and 3,000 jobs; cuts funding for Superfund cleanup, international climate programs, research; sustains funding for drinking and wastewater infrastructure; eliminates funding for specific regional efforts (Great Lakes, Chesapeake, possibly Puget Sound).

• State Department: The U.S. Department of State is cut by 29 percent; eliminates climate change prevention programs; reduces funding for United Nations peacekeeping; reduces development funding (World Bank, etc.)

• USDOT: The U.S. Department of Transportation is cut by 13 percent; the budget privatizes air traffic control, and makes major cuts to the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery and support for rural airports.

• Treasury: A 4 percent cut to the U.S. Treasury Department, including a cut to the Internal Revenue Service.

• Vets: A 6 percent increase for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

• NASA: A 0.8 percent cut to the National Aeronautics & Space Administration.

• SBA: A 5 percent cut to the U.S. Small Business Administration.

• Other: Additionally, the budget blueprint calls for elimination of these 19 agencies:

African Development Foundation

Appalachian Regional Commission

Chemical Safety Board

Corporation for National and Community Service

Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Delta Regional Authority

Denali Commission

Institute of Museum and Library Services

Inter-American Foundation

U.S. Trade and Development Agency

Legal Services Corporation

National Endowment for the Arts

National Endowment for the Humanities

Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation

Northern Border Regional Commission

Overseas Private Investment Corporation

U.S. Institute of Peace

U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars