Levin Budget Tour Explores Local Effects of Proposed Cuts to Federal Programs

Apr 14, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI) yesterday visited several organizations throughout the 9th Congressional District to hear the potential effects of President Trump’s proposed budget. Rep. Levin spoke with key stakeholders and experts about the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), funding for job training programs, and the need for continued federal support to help victims of domestic violence.

“Hearing firsthand the negative effects that we would see in Macomb County and other communities from President Trump’s proposed budget has only strengthened my opposition,” said Rep. Levin. “We should be investing in our citizens, not cutting programs that help them better their lives and communities.”

Budget Tour stops:

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative: Rep. Levin met with officials from Sterling Heights and the Clinton River Watershed to discuss the importance of the GLRI in cleaning up and restoring the Great Lakes. GLRI has supported over 760 projects in Michigan, including a $4.5 million award to the Clinton River Corridor Project, to improve the habitat diversity. The President’s budget proposal eliminated the GLRI.

Michigan Works!: Rep. Levin met with representatives from Michigan Works! and individuals who have benefitted from the job training activities. Michigan Works! supports workers of all ages in need of job training and additional skills, and receives federal funding through the Department of Labor. The President proposed a 21 percent cut to the Department of Labor, which Michigan Works! Macomb-St. Clair county anticipates would cut its budget roughly in half.

Turning Point/Legal Services Corporation: Domestic violence organizations in Michigan receive federal funding through the Department of Justice and Department of Health and Human Services, which would see a 4 percent and 17 percent decrease, respectively. Turning Point anticipates the proposed cuts would lead to an overall 25 percent cut to their budget. The President has proposed eliminating the Legal Services Corporation, which provides legal services to low-income Americans.