Trump Budget Hits Tennessee Hard

From Tennessee News Service:


For more than 50 years, the Appalachian Regional Commission has helped to fund economic and community development in Tennessee and 11 other states.

But the agency may be no more if President Donald Trump’s proposed federal budget is passed as is.

The ARC is one of 18 agencies the president proposes to eliminate in his 2018 budget.

The Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation is one of the organizations funded last year.

Theresa Carl, the organization’s president, says the money will impact individual communities that count on the funds to provide books to children from birth through age five.

A Big Impact Across the Region:

More than 35 Tennessee-based organizations, including Boys and Girls Clubs, health departments and educational programs, also received funding last year from the federal agency.

The Appalachian Regional Commission is not commenting on the federal budget, but according to records, in the last two years it has supported 662 projects in Appalachia totaling more than $175 million.

Those investments were matched with other public and private funds to create more than $400 million in investments in the region.

Contact your federal policymakers today — tell them to oppose the Trump budget and cuts to the Appalachian Regional Commission that will hurt Tennessee communities.

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