President Trump’s Projected Budget Cutbacks Could Undermine Homeland Security
President Trump’s projected budget cutbacks could undermine homeland security
June 30–When President Trump unveiled his fiscal year 2018 Budget Blueprint this spring, the emergency management community shuddered.
The administration has proposed $667 million in cuts to state and local grant funding for FEMA efforts, including the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program. It also calls for a 25 percent non-federal cost match for FEMA grant awards that currently require no cost match.
The cuts would have a profound negative impact on states’ abilities to prevent and respond to disasters, according to leading professionals from across the emergency management community. Already-thin staffs would have to be pared back even further. Preparedness would take a back …