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TDA Legislative Update - Late March

This week we will continue to show our support for funding for the Texas Historical Commission and the Texas Commission on the Arts and are monitoring a number of bills that have been filed related to downtown.

We encourage everyone to contact Senators Cornyn and Cruz as well as their congressional representatives about proposals included in the federal budget that will affect funding for a variety of agencies and programs that contribute to downtown development and revitalization.  

We recently read an article by The Daily Yonder about a number of programs that are slated for significant reductions or elimination, impacting both rural and urban communities.

From the article:

  • Reducing the Department of Interior by $1.5 billion, a 12% reduction.
  • Eliminating LIHEAP, which helps low-income rural residents with paying high home heating and energy bills.
  • Reducing Department of Education funding by $9 billion, a 13% reduction.
  • Eliminating the Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA), a source of funding for economic development efforts in low-income communities.
  • Eliminating the Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) grants program, which facilitates capital and small business financing in both rural and urban areas.
  • Eliminating the Corporation for National and Community Service, which funds Americorps volunteers.
  • Eliminating the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities.
  • Reducing Department of Energy spending by $1.7 billion, a 5.6% cut.
  • Reducing Environmental Protection Agency funding by $2.6 billion, a 31% cut.

You can read the whole article here

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posted on 3/27/2017