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President Trump's proposed budget takes a cleaver to domestic programs, with many agencies taking percentage spending cuts in the double digits.
But for dozens of smaller agencies and programs, the cut is 100 percent.
While many agencies are alarmed by proposed wide spread cuts, NBC political director Chuck Todd cautioned people to see the proposal as final.
“I wouldn’t focus too much on the details, because I don’t think any of these details are going to make it through,” Todd said. “Are we really going to see 19 agencies killed? Are we really going to see Meals on Wheels gone? No. Think of Donald Trump as art of deal negotiator. Well then you ask for your most extreme position first. Instead of 19 agencies, it’s three agencies. Well if you start at 19, if you start at three, you may not get any. I would tend to look at this budget proposal through that prism.”
Listed below are some of the proposed impacts locally:
Capital Investment Program
Proposed cuts to the Capital Investment Program would limit funding to projects with existing, signed agreements for full funding. That puts seven local projects in jeopardy across the state.
- Sound Transit: Lynnwood Link Extension, $1.17 billion federal investment
- Sound Transit: Federal Way Link Extension, $500 million
- Sound Transit: Tacoma Link Expansion
- Seattle DOT: Streetcar Center City Connector
- Seattle DOT: Madison Street bus rapid transit project
- Community Transit: Everett Swift II bus rapid transit project
- Spokane Transit Authority: Central City Line bus rapid transit project
"We did have a little bit of a kick to the gut this morning when the new administration released its Transportation Department budget for the coming year," said Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff.
Despite the potential budget cuts, Rogoff said Sound Transit would work to finish those projects in a timeline that works for voters.
Washington State Department of Transportation has declined comment.
TIGER Grant Program
The President’s budget proposal calls for the elimination of the TIGER grant program, which has funded 16 WA projects.
Current projects are safe, but the proposal would cease funding for future grants.
TIGER is the grant project, championed by Sen. Murray in 2009, alongside President Obama’s economic stimulus package.
The President’s budget proposes a 31 percent reduction in funding for the EPA, which translates into a cut of $2.6 billion. That discontinues funding for the “Clean Power Plan,” as well as climate change research programs. It also eliminates funding for specific regional programs, such as Puget Sound restoration efforts.
The Department of Energy would also see a cut of $1.7 billion under the proposal. However, it’s unknown how that would affect clean-up efforts at the Hanford Nuclear site, according to Sen. Murray’s Office.
Defense spending boost
According to Sen. Patty Murray’s office, impacts to local bases, such as JBLM, are unknown.
National Institutes of Health
The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center says the proposed budget would prompt drastic cuts in cancer research.
"Patient lives are at stake," said Fred Hutchinson president and director Gary Gilliland.
He said the president's budget calls for an 18 percent cut to the National Institutes of Health. Fred Hutch receives more NIH grants than any other cancer research center in the country.
In fact, 85 percent of the center's total sponsored funding for research comes from the federal government.
"The proposed cuts are indefensible and would severely impede our progress," said Gilliland, insisting that industry and charitable donations could not make up for the lost funding.
Additional budget proposal details are expected to come in mid-May.
Department of Housing and Urban Development
The budget proposal calls for a 13 percent decrease, or $6.2 billion cut to the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
According to the Seattle Housing Authority, that could translate into $24 million less to provide housing and services to people in Seattle.
The President’s Budget proposal eliminates funding for the Legal Services Corp., one of 19 agencies on the chopping block in the initial budget document.
The Northwest Justice Project that provides legal aid for low-income families could stand to lose $6.5 million, according to Executive Director César Torres.
That would translate into about 41 attorneys statewide who provide legal aid for civil cases ranging from loss of housing to domestic violence.