Bulova: Trump budget would shift burdens to local government

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President Trump’s proposed budget is bad news for local government, as Fairfax County Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova sees it.

“Shifting funding responsibility to state and local governments is a death sentence” to services slashed in the budget, she said. “With limited taxing authority and very little flexibility in our local budgets, localities cannot afford to carry the full weight of providing services without some support from the federal government.”

Bulova said the Trump budget “would slash federal support for a host of programs and services and shift that burden to local government. Some of the most painful cuts are to funds that help low-income individuals get back on their feet so that they can become productive and successful members of the community. Zeroed out or seriously diminished are programs that address environmental challenges across state lines.”

Bulova said she is hopeful the area’s congressional delegation will be able to salvage at least some of the threatened funds.

“Having worked with multiple administrations throughout the years, Fairfax County has found that the community is served best through regional and collaborative efforts among all levels of government, nonprofits and faith communities. No one group can do it alone. I know our local congressional delegation understands this and I am hopeful they will be able to address problems through the appropriation process,” she said.

 

 

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