Ocean City Today

Fed. budget cuts won’t touch county gov’t

Affiliated programs may still be vulnerable to spending reductions in proposed plan
By Brian Gilliland | Mar 01, 2018

(March 2, 2018) When President Donald Trump unveiled his budget proposal in February, 22 programs were listed for elimination, and while the local impact is uncertain at this time, Worcester County government, at least, won’t be affected if the proposal is adopted as written.

“While it’s unrealistic to think the county won’t be affected by recent federal cuts, we have no indication at this time that cuts to the federal programs you’ve outlined will impact Worcester County,” Kim Moses, county public information officer, said.

Some of the programs targeted for elimination include:

• The Rural Business and Cooperative Service that provides loans, grants and payments in rural communities.

• The Economic Development Administration that provides grants to communities to support local economic improvement plans.

• The Manufacturing Extension Partnership that helps pay for advisory and consulting services for small and medium-size manufacturers.

• The National Endowment for the Arts, which funds artists and projects.

• The National Endowment for the Humanities, which provides grants to scholars.

• The Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation, which funds community development projects.

• The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which funds PBS and NPR.

• 21st Century Community Learning Centers, that assists communities to establish or expand before and after school programs and summer school.

• GEAR UP, which provides grants to support college preparation for low-income students.

• The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, which researches ways to improve health services.

• The National Wildlife Refuge Fund, which compensates communities for lost tax revenue after the federal government acquires land.

• The Global Climate Change Initiative, part of the proposal to withdraw from the Paris Climate agreement.

• The NASA Office of Education, which provides grants to colleges and universities, museums and science centers.

• The Corporation for National and Community Service, which promotes volunteerism and funds service opportunities.

• The Legal Services Corporation, which provides civil legal assistance for low-income people.

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