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    Proposed federal budget highlights that might affect planning

    These are from my reading of the document.

    https://assets.documentcloud.org/doc...-Blueprint.pdf

    DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
    Eliminates the duplicative Water and Wastewater loan and grant program, a savings of $498 million from the 2017 annualized CR level. Rural communities can be served by private sector
    financing or other Federal investments in rural water infrastructure, such as the Environmental Protection Agency’s State Revolving Funds.

    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
    Provides $1.5 billion, an increase of more than $100 million, for the U.S. Census Bureau to continue preparations for the 2020 Decennial Census. This additional funding prioritizes fundamental
    investments in information technology and field infrastructure, which would allow the bureau to more effectively administer the 2020 Decennial Census.

    Eliminates the Economic Development Administration, which provides small grants with limited measurable impacts and duplicates other Federal programs, such as Rural Utilities Service
    grants at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and formula grants to States from the Department of Transportation. By terminating this agency, the Budget saves $221 million from the 2017
    annualized CR level.

    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
    Eliminates the discretionary programs within the Office of Community Services, including the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the Community Services Block
    Grant (CSBG), a savings of $4.2 billion from the 2017 annualized CR level. Compared to other income support programs that serve similar populations, LIHEAP is a lower-impact program and
    is unable to demonstrate strong performance outcomes. CSBG funds services that are duplicative of other Federal programs, such as emergency food assistance and employment services, and is
    also a limited-impact program.

    DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
    Restructures selected user fees for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to ensure that the cost of Government services is not
    subsidized by taxpayers who do not directly benefit from those programs. The Budget proposes to raise the Passenger Security Fee to recover 75 percent of the cost of TSA aviation security operations.
    The Budget proposes eliminating the discretionary appropriation for the NFIP’s Flood Hazard Mapping Program, a savings of $190 million, to instead explore other more effective and
    fair means of funding flood mapping efforts.

    Eliminates or reduces State and local grant funding by $667 million for programs administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that are either unauthorized by the
    Congress, such as FEMA’s Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program, or that must provide more measurable results and ensure the Federal Government is not supplanting other stakeholders’
    responsibilities, such as the Homeland Security Grant Program. For that reason, the Budget also proposes establishing a 25 percent non-Federal cost match for FEMA preparedness grant
    awards that currently require no cost match. This is the same cost-sharing approach as FEMA’s disaster recovery grants. The activities and acquisitions funded through these grant programs
    are primarily State and local functions.

    DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT
    Eliminates funding for the Community Development Block Grant program, a savings of $3 billion from the 2017 annualized CR level. The Federal Government has spent over $150
    billion on this block grant since its inception in 1974, but the program is not well-targeted to the poorest populations and has not demonstrated results. The Budget devolves community and
    economic development activities to the State and local level, and redirects Federal resources to other activities.

    Promotes fiscal responsibility by eliminating funding for a number of lower priority programs, including the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, Choice Neighborhoods, and the Self-help
    Homeownership Opportunity Program, a savings of over $1.1 billion from the 2017 annualized CR level. State and local governments are better positioned to serve their communities based
    on local needs and priorities.

    Eliminates funding for Section 4 Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing, a savings of $35 million from the 2017 annualized CR level. This program is duplicative
    of efforts funded by philanthropy and other more flexible private sector investments.

    DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
    Provides more than $900 million for DOI’s U.S. Geological Survey to focus investments in essential science programs. This includes funding for the Landsat 9 ground system, as well as
    research and data collection that informs sustainable energy development, responsible resource management, and natural hazard risk reduction.

    DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
    Eliminates funding for the Essential Air Service (EAS) program, which was originally conceived of as a temporary program nearly 40 years ago to provide subsidized commercial air service
    to rural airports. EAS flights are not full and have high subsidy costs per passenger. Several EAS-eligible communities are relatively close to major airports, and communities that have
    EAS could be served by other existing modes of transportation. This proposal would result in a discretionary savings of $175 million from the 2017 annualized CR level.

    ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
    Eliminates more than 50 EPA programs, saving an additional $347 million compared to the 2017 annualized CR level. Lower priority and poorly performing programs and grants are not
    funded, nor are duplicative functions that can be absorbed into other programs or that are State and local responsibilities. Examples of eliminations in addition to those previously mentioned
    include: Energy Star; Targeted Airshed Grants; the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program; and infrastructure assistance to Alaska Native Villages and the Mexico Border.

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    Comrade 45's budget

    Here is part of Comrade 45's budget for HUD:



    All those unemployed CDBG planners, EPA wonks and NOAA wonks are going to be a pain in my ass when looking for work....LOL
    “The way of acquiescence leads to moral and spiritual suicide. The way of violence leads to bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers. But, the way of non-violence leads to redemption and the creation of the beloved community.”
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    Um...wow. 53 billion for defense and cutting billions for every other department to cover it.
    I don't pretend to understand Brannigan's Law. I merely enforce it.

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    "Government doesn't work and I am going to make sure it doesn't work by cutting funding so it can't work."

    The sad thing is that if CDBG is saved, it will probably be at the expense of adding another layer of red tape to it to "measure its efficiency." That's what happened last time, and part of the challenge in making the use of the program effective If you can't kill a program, hobble it with paperwork and then say "see, it doesn't work."

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    W-O-W. Complete elimination of CDBG. Just shocking. In combination with with the elimination of the California Redevelopment Agency, California planners continue to be eliminated.

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    W-O-W. Complete elimination of CDBG. Just shocking. In combination with with the elimination of the California Redevelopment Agency, California planners continue to be pounded.

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    YES!!

    Quote Originally posted by Masswich View post
    "Government doesn't work and I am going to make sure it doesn't work by cutting funding so it can't work."

    The sad thing is that if CDBG is saved, it will probably be at the expense of adding another layer of red tape to it to "measure its efficiency." That's what happened last time, and part of the challenge in making the use of the program effective If you can't kill a program, hobble it with paperwork and then say "see, it doesn't work."
    Masswich has it exactly right! They did the exact same thing with CSBG which has much less money.
    First you kill big government direct payment programs by block granting.
    Then you hobble the block grants with increasingly bureaucratic requirements for comprehensive results that require 10x the budget to prove.
    Now they are proposing to get rid of block granted programs for being useless.

    WOW.
    “The way of acquiescence leads to moral and spiritual suicide. The way of violence leads to bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers. But, the way of non-violence leads to redemption and the creation of the beloved community.”
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    the one silver lining

    At least the Census Bureau is getting sustained support to prepare for 2020? Not sure what will happen to the ACS though...

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