Buffalo Area Congressman Brian Higgins Details Impact of Proposed Trump Budget  on Western New York & Beyond

Big Losers Include Transportation, Education, Great Lakes, Neighborhoods & Seniors

Restoration Programs for the shared waters of our Great Lakes will see “massive cuts”
News from the Buffalo, New York Office of U.S. Congressman (Democrat) Brian Higgins
Posted February 14, 2018 on Niagara At Large
Following release (this second week of February) of President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2019 Budget, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), a member of the House Budget Committee, is outlining how the proposal would impact the people of Western New York as well as the projects and priorities of importance to the region.
“The White House fiscal blueprint for 2019 is more like a battle plan of attack on seniors, students and communities,” said Higgins.

Buffalo, New York area Democratic Congressman Brian Higgins

“Transportation grants that put people to work are eliminated, initiatives that support small business and community growth are abandoned, and successful programs that keep seniors safe and healthy are cut.
This budget plan would extend self-inflicted wounds on the American people and American opportunity creating particular hardships on communities across Western New York.”
Trump Budget – Big picture:
  • Social Security: Proposes as much as $65 billion in cuts to Social Security benefits
  • Affordable Care Act: Despite GOP leadership saying they will not seek to repeal ACA, the Trump Budget includes savings based on repeal
  • Medicaid: Cuts Medicaid by $1.4 trillion over 10 years
  • Medicare: Cut by 7%, $500 billion over 10 years
  • EPA: Budget cut by over 33%

Trump Budget – WNY impact:
Great Lakes Restoration Initiative – massive cut – from $300M to $30M – will impact health of Great Lakes and the Buffalo River, as well as related waterfront improvements
TIGER Grant program elimination – NFTA is applying for a TIGER Grant to extend metro rail to the DL&W
Community Development Block Grants eliminated – this is an over $21 million direct hit to WNY municipalities to improve roads and strengthen communities.
HEAP elimination – many WNY seniors rely on HEAP to help with heating costs during our cold winters
A detailed summary of key elements affecting the Buffalo-Niagara region:
Program
Description / WNY Impact
FY17
FY19 (budget proposal)
TRANSPORTATION
TIGER Grants
A nationwide competitive grant program that funds transportation projects that will have a significant regional impact.  TIGER grants supported the Niagara Falls International Railway Station & the Cars Sharing Main Street project in Buffalo.  This is a potential source of funding for NFTA Metro rail expansion at DL&W.
$500 million
Eliminated
Federal Transit Administration New Starts
Used to build or expand subway, light rail, and
commuter rail transit systems.  In 2011, the FTA awarded the NFTA $1.2 million for the Amherst-Buffalo Corridor.
In January, NYS announced support for light rail extension between Buffalo and Amherst. The New Starts program would be the funding source for this project
$2.4 billion
$1 billion – limited to projects with existing full funding agreements
CLEAN WATER / AIR / ENVIRONMENT
Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
Provides for habitat restoration, invasive species prevention, reducing runoff and cleaning up Great Lakes’ Areas of Concern.  Over the last decade, the federal government has invested $32.38 million in Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding in and around the Buffalo River.
$300 million
$30 million
West Valley Demonstration Project (funded through the Department of Energy/Non-Defense Environmental Cleanup program)
West Valley Demonstration Project is a nuclear waste remediation and clean-up initiative.
$66 million
$60 million; cut of $6 million
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Grants & Education (Commerce)
NOAA funded projects educate and inspire people to use Earth systems science to improve ecosystem stewardship and increase resilience to environmental hazards.  A source of funding or Buffalo River restoration.  $4.7 Million awarded in 2014.  Work is continuing (BN Waterkeepers announced Oct 2017) to restore habitat along 2 miles of shoreline and 20 acres of habitat at eight project sites along the Buffalo River.)
$273 million
Eliminated
SMALL BUSINESS / JOB GROWTH
Economic Development Administration
EDA plays a critical role in fostering regional economic development efforts in communities across the nation.  In WNY EDA supported Launch NY & Tonawanda Tomorrow.
$276 million
Eliminated
Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)
MEP Centers and partners develop services to enable manufacturers to identify opportunities that will accelerate and strengthen growth and competitiveness in the global marketplace.  WNY’s Insyte Consulting has been the top MEP performer nationwide since 2013.  2,811 manufacturing jobs created or saved across the region.   Insyte has returned $326.58 for every $1 of federal and state funding received, based on $889,650,223 of client reported impact divided by $3,056,400 in Federal and State funding received by Insyte for the years 2014-2016.
$130 million
Eliminated
Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI – Treasury)
 The mission of the CDFI program is to increase economic opportunity and community development for underserved populations in distressed communities.   Launch NY and Westminster Economic Development Initiative received grants totaling $356,000 to support the growth of small businesses and jobs in WNY.
$248 million
$14 million (no new grants, only management of existing commitments)
EDUCATION / ARTS / CULTURE
Perkins Loans
Low-interest federal student loans for undergraduate and graduate students with exceptional financial need.
$33.8 million
Eliminated
Federal Work Study (Education)
The FWS program assists needy undergraduate and graduate students in financing postsecondary
education costs through part-time employment.
$990 million
$200 million
Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (Education)
GEAR UP provides grants to States to support college preparation and awareness activities to ensure low-income elementary, middle and secondary students are prepared for and enroll in postsecondary education.
$340 million
Eliminated
Educational Opportunity Grants (Education)
SEOG program provides need-based grant aid to eligible undergraduate students to help reduce financial barriers to college education
$733 million
Eliminated
Literacy Development Grants (Education)
This program awards competitive grants to States, which make competitive sub-grants to local entities to improve literacy instruction from birth through grade 12.
$190 million
Eliminated
Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)
The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through its core programs — Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and the Social Innovation Fund — and the national volunteer efforts through Serve.gov.   $3.437 million investment in CNCS funding to WNY supported 540,153 hours of service in local schools, transportation to people with disabilities & senior volunteers at 90 WNY nonprofit agencies.
$829 million
Eliminated
National Endowment for the Arts/National Endowment for the Humanities
Agencies focused on the promotion of the arts and humanities in communities across the country.  – WNY art/cultural organizations have an $87.4 million economic impact, employ 2,900 people, and generate $4.3 million in government revenue.  Since 2000, WNY organizations have received more than $3.4 million in NEA funding.  In the last 2 years, WNY projects have received approximately $700,000 in NEH funding.
$150 million each for NEA & NEH
Eliminated
Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Provides grants to qualified public television and radio stations to be used at their discretion for purposes related to program production. (WNED TV/Radio Buffalo)
$495 million
Eliminated
HEALTH & SAFETY
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program helps keep families safe and healthy through initiatives that assist families with energy costs.  Seniors & families are left in the cold.   Over 15,000 households in Niagara County received HEAP in 2016.  In Erie County during the 2014-2015 season, more than 90,000 cases/225,000 individuals received over $25 million in HEAP benefits.
$3.4 billion
Eliminated
Medicaid
Provides healthcare to the poorest and most vulnerable members of our community.
Cuts Medicaid by $1.4 trillion over 10 years
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net.
$75 billion
$70 billion – Budget proposes cuts of $193 billion over 10 years to the program, in anticipation of Congressional consideration of the Farm Bill, for which SNAP funding is authorized.
Children’s Health Insurance Program
CHIP provides federal matching funds to states to provide health coverage to children in families with incomes too high to qualify for Medicaid, but who can’t afford private coverage.  Significant cut to a program that is providing medical care to vulnerable children.
$16.4 billion
$11.4 billion
Community-Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Programs
Provides resources and technical assistance to state and local law enforcement to advance the practice of community policing.  Police Departments Impacted: Cheektowaga, Niagara Falls, Buffalo.
$195 million
$99 million
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT / HOUSING / NEIGHBORHOOD IMPROVEMENT
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs.   More than $21 Million in cuts to neighborhood & community improvements in NY-26 alone, shifting costs to local taxpayers.
$3 billion
Eliminated
Homeless Assistance Grants
Number of programs to provide critical safety net to the homeless.
$2.46 billion
$2.38 billion
HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME)
The HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) provides formula grants to States and localities that communities use – often in partnership with local nonprofit groups – to fund a wide range of activities including building, buying, and/or rehabilitating affordable housing for rent or homeownership or providing direct rental assistance to low-income people.
$950 million
Eliminated
Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD VASH)
HUD-VASH is a collaborative program between HUD and VA that combines HUD housing vouchers with VA supportive services to help Veterans who are homeless and their families find and sustain permanent housing.
$82 million
Eliminated
Promise Neighborhoods
Competitive grant program for community groups seeking to provide a continuum of services and support for students in underserved neighborhoods to maximize the chance of academic success.  https://buffalopromiseneighborhood.org/
$73 million
Eliminated
National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Fund
Among other duties, this program administers the Historic Tax Credit approval process.
$80.9 million
$32.6 million
Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels America is the leadership organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger.
Eliminated
Earlier this week Higgins responded to the Trump infrastructure proposal, which actually decreases federal investment in roads and bridges, below current funding levels which are already inadequate in addressing the infrastructure needs, and pushing the costs to commuters via increases to the state/local tax burden and/or increasing tolls.

(A Brief Note from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper – When Trump guts programs and agencies dedicated to safeguarding the health of Great Lakes waters and wildlife, Canadians must join hands with our American friends and neighbours in the resistance movement against him too!)

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One response to “Buffalo Area Congressman Brian Higgins Details Impact of Proposed Trump Budget  on Western New York & Beyond

  1. This is all about a vast expansion of the Military Budget to assure that the American Military has the Arsenal needed to CONQUER and CONTROL the entire Planet….Amazing this was a prophecy of a history written by David Orchard a few years ago in a Novel Called “THE FIGHT FOR CANADA” and the piss off this horrendous treason is OUR STUPID CANADIAN LIBERAL GOVERNMENT involving CANADA in COUPS involving SOVEREIGN COUNTRIES, SOVEREIGN Countries where YOU have no right sending our young people to Die and be brought back in BODY BAGS. Using the same B.S. as the Americans “FIGHTING for OUR COUNTRY” MARTIN followed by HARPER followed by his CLONE TRUDEAU are GUILTY and may all three of you rot in hell for your transgressions against mankind and for murdering innocent people (OR DO YOU CALL THIS COLLATERAL DAMAGE ALSO??????)

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