The White House plans to unveil President Trump’s detailed 2018 budget tomorrow.
Ever since the administration released their 2018 budget blueprint (skinny budget) back in March, we have conducted analysis that shows various ways in which North Carolinians would be harmed under Trump’s proposed budget. In case you missed this analysis, below are links to the recent posts in our ‘Federal Budget Blog Series’ (and also a preview of what’s to come):
- Trump’s budget will not make America great again
- Analysis: Trump’s ‘skinny’ budget omits 85% of details that previous administrations have included
- Report: Trump budget will put federal grants to NC and its local governments at risk
- Federal Budget: The good, the bad, and the 10 major state and local grants that would be cut the most this year
- Federal cuts threaten key NC priorities; State Senate budget makes matters even worse
- North Carolina will need revenue replacements to offset $1.1 billion loss in federal grant money in 2018
- Trump’s skinny budget would cut North Carolina’s medical research projects
- Trump’s $2.5 billion budget cut to EPA would hurt N.C. as funding is dropped to its lowest in 40 years
- Trump’s proposed $4.4 billion budget increase for Veterans Affairs is critically needed in North Carolina
- Five major ways that the Trump budget would hurt rural North Carolina
- Trump budget weakens NC’s ability to respond to public health, workforce needs
- Trump’s budget proposes elimination of funding to fight poverty in North Carolina
- Yet another disastrous Trump budget proposal: Slashing low-income energy assistance
- Trump threatens again with massive proposed cuts to legal aid
- Three ways Trump’s “America First” budget puts hungry Americans last
- GOP health care bill will exacerbate budgetary challenges to all states and local governments
Preview of what’s to come…
Trump’s budget is expected to include about $800 billion in cuts over 10 years, largely in programs for lower-income people, including millions of low-wage working individuals and their families. However, interest in Robin-Hood-in-reverse redistribution isn’t limited to the President. House Republican leaders reportedly plan to include $400 billion to $500 billion in cuts to core support programs for struggling families in their own 2018 budget.
Based on the President’s proposal and the potential support for cuts to vital programs from Congress, it is critical that North Carolinians and North Carolina policymakers writing our state budget consider the ways which the federal budget could play out in our communities. It is clear that across a range of areas North Carolina will be hampered from achieving a stronger economy and thriving communities if the proposed direction in federal budgeting moves forward.
Luis A. Toledo is a Public Policy Analyst for the Budget & Tax Center, a project of the North Carolina Justice Center.