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House Panel’s FY 18 Spending Bill Cuts WIOA, Workforce Programs

The House Appropriations Committee adopts an FY 2018 Labor-Health and Human Services-Education appropriations bill that significantly cuts funding for Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) and workforce programs for next year.

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Senate Action Sets Stage for Stop-Gap Spending Measure

A move by the Senate Appropriations Committee to offer an FY 2018 spending plan that keeps funding in line with current spending levels further muddles the appropriations process and portends a continuing resolution to keep the government operating after Oct. 1

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HUD Budget: CDBG In, Choice Neighborhoods Out

Handing President Donald Trump a firm rebuke, members of the House Appropriations HUD subcommittee decided to keep the Community Development Block Grant program intact with a nominal $100 million cut from FY 2017 spending, reducing subsidies to $2.9 billion. At the same time, lawmakers sided with the White House on its proposal to butcher the Choice Neighborhoods program. The Choice Neighborhoods Initiative was launched by the Obama administration in 2010 to succeed the controversial HOPE VI public housing revitalization program.

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Trump’s Proposed Budget Already Impacting Low-Income Housing

The Trump administration’s budget plans have led to cuts in private funds available to build or rehabilitate affordable housing. The pool of funds has shrunk by approximately $1 billion since November when banks and other institutions started reducing the amount they invest in the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program.

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Rural Housing Takes Significant Hit in Trump’s Budget

Rural housing specialists are trying to decipher the Trump administration’s proposal to eliminate seven of the Agriculture Department’s rural housing programs and combine others in a new spending structure dubbed Rural Economic Infrastructure Grant (REIG) program. The move is seen as a prelude to moving the entire rural housing structure to HUD and folding it in with that department’s housing enterprises.

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Is the HUD Spending Reprieve Just an Illusion?

While HUD programs will be sufficiently financed through September under the Omnibus FY 2017 spending law, the future of those programs become hazy as FY 2018 approaches. The Trump administration, which conceded spending billions extra on domestic programs -- including $513 million extra for HUD, in exchange for a hike in defense spending, is digging it to fight for deep cuts in FY 2018.

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Trump's Budget Cuts Would Seriously Impact Community Development

To offset the cost of President Trump's supplemental funding request, the White House is expected to propose some $18 billion in reductions to non-defense spending. Those cuts would seriously impact several key programs. Indeed, the president's proposed budget would eliminate four discretionary block-grant programs very popular among city planners, community developers, and social service agencies.

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Trump’s Budget Cuts Could Crush States, Local Governments

Maybe President Donald Trump’s proposed budget is “just a starting point for negotiations,” as suggested by one Capitol Hill observer, but states, local governments, and the private sector cannot possibly absorb the administration’s proposed cuts in federal aid...

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Public Broadcasting Cuts Seen Hurting Small, Rural Communities

President Donald Trump’s proposal to gut funding for public broadcasting in his new budget released Thursday (March 16) would mostly harm residents of small rural towns, many of who are Republican voters, according to public TV and radio executives. The 2018 budget plan from the White House would eliminate all federal subsidies for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which was allotted $445 million to fund local National Public Radio (NPR) and Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) stations and productions in the 2017 federal budget.

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Trump Budget Could Kill CDBG, Fair Housing Enforcement

If Congress embraces the framework of President Donald Trump’s federal spending guidelines for FY 2018, the move would effectively restrain HUD’s new Fair Housing Act enforcement program and accelerate implementation of the Rental Assistance Demonstration program. RAD, the strategy to privatize the management of the nation’s public housing 1.9-million unit portfolio, would get full congressional attention to help preserve and rehabilitate public housing and stem the annual loss of 125,000 units to degradation and market-rate rental conversion.

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