Trump cuts could been seen in ways big and small across MI

Phillip Butler
March 17, 2017

"This really remakes federal spending as we know it - increases defense spending, but at the same time cuts back on a lot of programs that I think people are going to be very, very surprised to see cut". "We've had past presidential support for Great Lakes restoration".

In the $1.1 trillion outline unveiled Thursday, the remaining $10 million was gone.

The Trump budget cuts propose to slash the EPA's budget by 31 percent, and to cut 3,200 positions, or more than 20 percent of the agency's current workforce of about 15,000.

If the administration is successful getting its budget through Congress, crucial programs will be at risk.

"President Trump's proposed budget makes drastic cuts that will hit MI families and businesses in both urban and rural areas especially hard, including cuts to transportation services education, job training and programs that are essential for protecting the economic and environmental health of the Great Lakes, which provide drinking water to 40 million people and support Michigan's multi-billion dollar shipping, fishing and agricultural industries".

Even some Republicans balk at some of the proposed double-digit reductions in programs ranging from foreign aid to the Environmental Protection Agency, with outright eliminations of programs that run from the National Endowment for Arts to legal aid for the poor. The goal was to use federal money to "help prop up urban areas" with resources for homeless shelters, senior citizen services, economic development opportunities and more. Indeed, since before the dawn of the American nation, no greater non-human threat to our way of life has ever existed on the Great Lakes.

"It's a good program".

U.S. Senators Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo, all expressed dismay at the Trump budget proposals. "We still have issues with the Asian Carp".

The president's budget is a far-reaching overhaul of federal government spending that cuts many domestic programs.

"It makes sense for us to continue to make prudent investments in protecting and improving the Great Lakes", Walker said in an interview.

Munroe said it's important to remember the budget released Thursday is only the first of several steps in the process and will change.

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