APA Opposes Trump's Proposed Federal Budget

The American Planning Association has been outspoken in its opposition to the cuts proposed by the, still speculative, budget proposed by the Trump Administration.

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March 23, 2017, 5:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


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President Trump at a rally in Louisville, Kentucky on March 20, 2017. | jctabb / Shutterstock

Tess Hembree posts on the American Planning Association's (APA) blog in a clear statement of opposition to President Trump's preliminary budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year 2018, released earlier this month.

According to Hembree, the budget "[outlines] a devastating vision of a dramatically reduced federal role in the nation’s communities."

The post goes on to organize the draft budget's impact on matters of planning importance. Hembree's list gathers her points into categories pertaining to the departments of Housing and Urban Development, Transportation, Interior, and Commerce, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency.

"Constituency is a powerful tool," writes Hembree, "and members of Congress are listening. Stand up for federal support for good planning." This post offers a primer on understanding the issues to begin that political action.

In addition to Hembree's post, the APA released an official statement on the Trump Administration's Fiscal Year 2018 federal budget proposal. The lede of that statement: "The federal budget proposal released today utterly fails to meet the needs of the nation's communities."

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