Metro Detroiters concerned over Trump's proposed budget cuts

Olive Rios
May 24, 2017

Trump on Tuesday released a 10-year budget plan containing jarring, politically unrealistic cuts to the social safety net and a broad swath of domestic programs.

Cuts $3.6 trillion in federal spending over the next decade.

The budget predicts a sweeping tax overhaul package that would strengthen economic growth while providing few details of how the tax code would change. "So if I'm a good Senator or Representative, I've got to be real careful because those things could impact lots of voters".

According to budget tables released by the administration, Trump's plan cuts nearly $3.6 trillion from an array of benefit programs, domestic agencies and war spending over the coming decade - an nearly 8 per cent cut - including repealing and replacing Obama's health law, cutting Medicaid, eliminating student loan subsidies, sharply slashing food stamps, and cutting $95 billion in highway formula funding for the states. Mulvaney says it's "compassionate" to tax payers ask if there are people on that program who shouldn't be.

"We looked at this budget through the eyes of the people who are actually paying the bills", he said.

During a press briefing on Monday, Mr Trump's Budget Director Mick Mulvaney singled out the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the modern version of food stamps, which expanded rapidly after the financial crisis and had roughly 42 million beneficiaries in February 2017. If you are on disability insurance and you are not supposed to be, you are not truly disabled, we need you to go back to work. And we need everybody to pull in the same direction.

The funding cuts in Trump's plan for the fiscal year beginning in October would mark a stark decrease in non-military US government engagement overseas as the administration pursues Trump's "America First" world view. Spending for these programs tends to increase each year under Democrats and Republicans. The president is counting on the trillions of dollars in extra tax revenue that would generate to help balance the budget. Programs that deal with radon, lead and beach protection and estuaries would be eliminated. It would also give states more control of, and responsibility for, such spending. It calls for more spending on defense and border security.

The proposal projects that this year's deficit will rise to $603 billion, up from the actual deficit of $585 billion last year.

The budget also calls for eliminating numerous foreign aid grants that the US extends to other countries and replacing them with loans. Congress hasn't passed a budget in several years, instead passing resolutions that continue prior-year funding levels over short-term periods. "Hardworking Maine people who pay taxes expect a government that works for them, but they are the ones who will suffer when the tax cuts proposed in this budget directly benefit those who need it least".

Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., says the budget cuts Social Security Disability Insurance and would trim the National Institutes of Health budget by almost 20 percent.

A MI group is calling on lawmakers to pay attention to the President's budget and the cuts they say will hurt MI families.

The budget is based on forecasts for economic growth of 3 percent a year by the end of Trump's first term - well beyond Congressional Budget Office assumptions of 1.9 percent growth.

According to Time, Trump's budget plan would not likely result in a balanced budget.

The budget also includes sharp cuts to agencies and some entitlement programs.

Trump's budget claims to put taxpayers first, but, this is a disastrously shortsighted claim. "Families across America would suffer, with particularly harsh effects on rural communities".

Trump's budget is simply a proposal.

"They're not putting money into the places that help people go to work", said Stacy Dean, vice president for food assistance policy at the liberal-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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