Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Who Are the Losers in the 2011 Budget?

According to Huffington Post, some of the things that are cut are the following:

  • $600 million in cuts to community health centers.
  • $414 million in cuts to grants for state and local police departments.
  • A whopping $1.6 billion cut in the Environmental Protection Agency's budget, of which nearly $1 billion comes from grants for clean water and other projects by local governments and Indian tribes.
  • Cuts to homeland security programs for the first time ever, though much of the agency's two percent decrease stems from a $786 million cut in first responder grants to state and local governments.
  • A $7 million cut to the Bureau of Public Debt, which accounts for and provides reports on the debt.
  • A $1 billion cut to HIV and disease-prevention funds.
  • A $3 billion cut to agriculture programs, the biggest portion of which comes from the Women Infants and Children fund, which loses $504 million.
  • A $390 million cut to low-income heating assistance; Community Development Funds are cut by $942 million.
  • Contributions to the United Nations and other international institutions are cut by $377 million.
  • $45 million pulled from nuclear nonproliferation funds.
  • A $650 million cut to federal highway investments.
  • A rider tucked in by lawmakers from Western states that allows states to remove wolves from the endangered species list.
Community Health Centers, where the poor and uninsured can get care. HIV and disease prevention. Women Infants and Children (WIC) program. Low income heating assistance. State and local police departments. Environmental protection.

Does this make you fiscal conservatives out there happy? Jennifer

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