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Governor Bullock sends letters to Trump Administration outlining impacts to Montanans of federal budget proposal

Governor Bullock: “We cannot let this uncertainty become normalized”

Wednesday, May 1, 2019/Categories: Governor's Office/Tags:

In a series of letters sent to Trump Administration Cabinet officials, Governor Bullock outlines impacts of the President’s FY 2020 proposed budget that would eliminate or significantly reduce services for Montanans.

“The Trump Administration has proposed alarming cuts, and in some cases, the elimination of valuable services and programs,” said Governor Bullock. “A budget should be a reflection of our values, not a detriment to those living in Montana’s rural and urban communities and to the work of state agencies to deliver services to Montana’s most vulnerable.”

“The proposals of this Administration cause uncertainty in a rural state like Montana and an inability for agencies to sufficiently plan for the future. We cannot let this uncertainty become normalized,” continued Governor Bullock.

In the six letters sent to Trump Administration Cabinet members and the Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Governor Bullock details the impact of proposed cuts on State of Montana agencies including the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, the Montana Department of Agriculture, the Montana Department of Commerce, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, and the Governor’s Office of Community Service.

The letters outline budget proposals damaging to Montana, including:

  • Eliminating Medicaid expansion and shifting Medicaid costs to states through per capita caps or block grants;
  • Eliminating home heating and food assistance for seniors and families, and eliminating employment opportunities for people with disabilities;
  • Cutting the USDA’s entire budget by 15 percent and reducing crop insurance, Forest Health Management, and State Fire Assistance funding;
  • Eliminating the Livestock Forage Program, the Landscape Scale Program, the Urban and Community Forestry Program, and the Rural Business & Cooperative Services programs;
  • Eliminating critical business development programs, including the Manufacturing Extension Partnership and the State Trade Expansion Program;
  • Cutting the EPA’s budget by 31 percent, translating into a 40 percent hit to the federal funding to Montana DEQ and impacting the EPA Performance Partnership Grant, superfund clean-up, the Brownfields grant, and the Air Quality and Water Quality programs;
  • Reducing HUD’s budget by nearly 20 percent, eliminating the Community Development Block Grant program, HOME Investment Partnerships Program and Housing Trust Fund, and pulling funding from Montana’s Tribal nations; and
  • Ending the federal funding for National Service programs.

The letters are attached.

 

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