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League Hosted Webinar Outlines Pending Federal Program Cuts for California Communities

October 12, 2012

On Wednesday, the League hosted a free webinar to discuss the recent developments in the federal sequestration, or across-the-board budget cuts planned to take effect in January 2013, and how cities can take action to mitigate potentially significant losses to vital federally funded local programs.

 

Dustin McDonald, senior public affairs advisor at Holland & Knight and federal advocate for the League, provided an overview of the currently planned federal reductions, what is in store following the November election during the “lame duck” session, and what resources cities can use to educate their Congressional representatives about the issue as it impacts California’s communities. The webinar and advocacy materials, including sample letters and fact sheets, are available on the League’s federal resources web page.

This component of the federal budget act, unless averted or modified, will begin imposing across-the-board annual spending cuts to federal defense and non-defense discretionary programs beginning in January 2013. Programs scheduled for cuts under the sequester include critical sources of local government resources, such as the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership, Citizens' Option for Public Safety (COPS) and Byrne Justice Assistance Grants.



 
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