Trump Budget Would Decimate Great Lakes Initiative

Mar. 13, 2019

President Trump's budget makes deeps cuts to programs important in Buffalo. (Al Drago/New York Times file photo)
President Trump’s budget makes deeps cuts to programs important in Buffalo.

WASHINGTON – Less than five weeks after President Trump vowed that his fight for border wall funding “won’t affect Buffalo at all,” he proposed a fiscal 2020 budget with $8.6 billion in new wall money – along with a 90 percent cut in Great Lakes funding, the elimination of the program that brings Buffalo its largest chunk of federal cash and the end of federal heating aid for the poor.

That being the case, the spending plan Trump released Monday received a less than warm reception from local Republicans and Democrats alike.

Rep. Tom Reed, a Corning Republican, offered a mixed review of Trump’s budget, noting that he had “some broad agreements in regards to the border security issue.”
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One Response to “Trump Budget Would Decimate Great Lakes Initiative”

  1. Phil says:

    Trump is paying for his Wall by cutting the Great Lakes Initiative among other necessary programs.
    If you think that cutting the Great Lakes Initiative “won’t affect Buffalo at all” think back a few years ago when Toledo had no fresh water for 3 days. And considering that the past 5 years have been the hottest on record imagine what a cyanobacter bloom close to Buffalo would do to WNY’s fresh water supply.
    I hope that Tom Reed and Brian Higgins can connect the dots because it’s a sure thing the idiot in the White House can’t.

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