Sequestration: Urgency for Local Governments

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Feb 12, 2013 2:00:00 AM

Budget cuts, sequestration threats to local governmentsLast week’s free webinar by the National League of Cities (NLC), National Association of Regional Councils (NARC), and Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) discussed the details of the sequestration process and “how city leaders from across the country can join together to urge Congress to find a bipartisan and balanced solution to reducing the deficit.” Sequestration is set to have a major negative impact on federal, state, and local economies. As if you needed reminding.

Clarence Anthony, Executive Director for the NLC, stated that sequestration will “likely create an additional drag on federal regulatory and grant approval process at the federal agency level due to staff layoffs, furloughs,” and other methods the federal government feels necessary to achieve fiscal balance.

The good news, amid the looming bad news, is that you can still register to download the webinar, which frames the fiscal issues from a local government perspective.

Here’s a glance at some important programs and areas that could be cut by sequestration come March 1. The chart (used by permission) comes from the Office of Management and Budget and the Bipartisan Policy Center:

Sequestration Impact Local Government

The programs relevant to municipalities, cities, and counties that are subject to sequestration are numerous, including:

DOJ: State and Local Law Enforcement Grants, Juvenile Justice Programs, Community Policing Programs

DOT: Transit Capital Grants and TIGER

DHHS: Social Services Block Grant, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Public Health Programs, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Funds

DOE: Weatherization Assistance Program

A 1-page overview of subjected programs has been created by the National League of Cities.


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