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League Board Adopts Resolution on Federal Sequestration

November 20, 2012

On Nov. 16, the League board of directors adopted a resolution opposing automatic across-the-board cuts through federal sequestration that will impact core local government programs.

 

The resolution also includes opposition to further cuts to discretionary spending and for military bases in California and calls upon President Obama and Congress to “avert sequestration and craft a balanced approach to deficit elimination that shares the burden evenly, does not disproportionately harm national economic growth by shifting costs to local governments or harm national defense.”

California cities face significant consequences should Congress fail to reach agreement on a plan that would stop automatic spending cuts called for in the Budget Control Act of 2011. Among the programs that face cuts under sequestration are many that benefit local governments. 

These programs include the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership, COPS and Byrne Justice Assistance Grants, as well as the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund and federal water infrastructure funding distributed through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  Many of these programs have already experienced significant cuts over the last two federal fiscal years. 

For example: 

  • CDBG - Cut by 27 percent (from $3.99 billion in FY 2010 to $2.9 billion in FY 2012)
  • HOME - Cut by 44 percent (from $1.8 billion in FY 2010 to $1 billion in FY 2012)
  • COPS - Cut by 55 percent (from $298 million in FY 2010 to $166 million in FY 2012)
  • Byrne/JAG - Cut by 31 percent (from $511 million in FY 2010 to $352 million in FY 2012)

The League held an educational webinar on federal sequestration on Oct.10. The slides, along with advocacy materials and other resources, including the board’s Nov. 16 resolution, have been posted on the League’s Federal Sequestration Resources webpage.



 
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