Anticipation has been mounting for the Trump Administration’s budget plan. On Monday, President Trump finally unveiled his proposed budget for the 2019 fiscal year, but unfortunately, the proposal makes significant slashes at some federal agencies and projects as part of an effort to reduce the federal deficit by $3 trillion over the next 10 years.
While the budget somewhat resembles the budget that was released last year, it also took the recently passed tax bill into account.
Notably, as part of the effort, the president has proposed to outright eliminate funding for several agencies, grant programs, and institutes.
It is very unlikely that lawmakers will enact a majority of these proposals, but below is a list of the 22 centers and agencies that the Trump Administration is seeking to end with the budget proposal.
- The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which funds public television and radio stations (including PBS and NPR.)
- The McGovern-Dole International Food for Education, which donates agricultural goods and financial assistance in order to allow school feeding programs to continue in foreign countries.
- The Chemical Safety Board, which investigates accidents at chemical facilities.
- The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, which researches methods of enhancing health services.
- The Global Climate Change Initiative, which coincides with the president’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement last year.
- The U.S. Trade and Development Agency, which provides American goods and services for international projects.
- The Denali Commission, the Delta Regional Authority and the Northern Border Regional Commission, which funds infrastructure projects.
- The Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation, which funds community development projects across the country.
- The National Endowment for the Arts, which helps fund artists.
- The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, which is a think tank that aims to tackle international affairs and foreign policy.
- The National Endowment for the Humanities, which provides scholarships to American humanities students.
- The Institute of Museum and Library Services, which funds museums and libraries.
- The National Wildlife Refuge Fund, a fund that compensates communities for lost tax revenue after the federal government takes lands.
- The Advanced Research Projects Agency, which provides support for projects undertaken by the Energy Department.
- 21st Century Community Learning Centers, which helps establish feasible summer programs.
- The Economic Development Administration, which provides grants to communities in order to provide support for economic strategies.
- The NASA Office of Education, which provides grants to some colleges and universities, as well as museums and other science centers (but in this case, the funding would be redistributed within NASA).
- Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, which provides aid for college preparedness support.
- The Rural Business and Cooperative Service, which provides loans, grants, and other payments that are intended to increase opportunities in more rural areas.
- The Manufacturing Extension Partnership, which subsidizes advisory and consulting services for small-scale manufacturers.
- The Legal Services Corporation, which is a nonprofit that provides civil legal aid for low-income citizens.
- The Corporation for National and Community Service, which promotes volunteering opportunities and helps nonprofit organizations find volunteers.
These programs, agencies, and funds all play roles in maximizing social welfare. Eliminating these programs can have more profound effects on the economy and public than are predicted.
On top of all of this, the new budget has also called for some serious cuts. Many lawmakers immediately pointed out that the budget calls for passing an Obamacare replacement that cuts Medicaid to far below even the pre-Obamacare levels. Other sectors were cut significantly too, such as the EPA, Labor Department, State Department, SNAP (food stamp benefits), and more.
Interestingly, the budget also assumes an unrealistic economic growth rate of 3%, which is above the projected 1.0%.
H/T: The Hill