By Paul Schmitt
The recently proposed budget cuts to the Community Development Block Grant Program by the Trump administration may have a bigger impact on smaller communities in the area. According to the Office of Management and Budget, the current year funding is $3 billion nationally. Algoma City Administrator Jeff Wisell says the funding is crucial to the city’s plans for future projects.
Wiswell says many of the federal funds that are obtained are matching grants and would be difficult to replace through state and local resources. Trump’s budget proposal says the Federal Government has spent over $150 billion on this block grant since 1974, but is not well-targeted to the poorest populations and has not demonstrated results.