NACo Fighting Proposed Cuts to Community Development Block Grants-Seeking Best Practices From Counties

In an effort to restrain federal spending, the U.S. House has voted to reduce FY11 spending to FY08 levels, which would have the effect of reducing most non-defense discretionary spending, other than homeland security.  These reductions could have significant effects on programs counties rely upon for regular operations.

More than 100 suggested reductions include:

  • Eliminate all remaining “stimulus” funding — $45 billion total savings
  • Repeal the Medicaid FMAP increase in the “State Bailout” —  $16.1 billion total savings
  • National Endowment for the Arts — $167.5 million annual savings
  • National Endowment for the Humanities — $167.5 million annual savings
  • Hope VI Program —  $250 million annual savings
  • Amtrak Subsidies — $1.565 billion annual savings
  • Community Development Fund (CDBG) $4.5 billion annual savings
  • Essential Air Service —  $150 million annual savings
  • Department of Energy Grants to States for Weatherization —  $530 million annual savings
  • New Starts Transit — $2 billion annual savings
  • Intercity and High-speed Rail Grants — $2.5 billion annual savings
  • Economic Development Administration — $293 million annual savings
  • Programs under the National and Community Services Act — $1.15 billion annual savings, and
  • Energy Star Program — $52 million annual savings.

The National Association of Counties (NACo)  is seeking Best Practices from county governments regarding the Community Development Block Grants.  Please contact Jackie Byers at NACO at

Jacqueline J. Byers, Esq.Director of Research and Outreach, National Association of Counties, Phone-202-942-4285

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