On Thursday, Trump released a budget blueprint that specified 62 federal programs and agencies he wants to nix. But he said there would be hundreds eliminated.
The city of
"The problem is if these funds are eliminated, there is no substitute for them," Coures said. "We have no alternative revenue stream that would substitute for these programs. They would have to curtail their services. Some of them may end."
The city receives about
Those funds go towards helping
Among programs that would have to find new funds -- or limit their services -- are
Other programs such as the Bridge Builders Transportation Program would lose money as well, leaving those without transportation unable to get to work.
In short, Coures said the reduction would be devastating.
"It's just like dropping a pebble in a quiet pond," Coures said. "Those kinds of things tend to ripple out. And the ripples would be devastating."
At the state level, Sen. Appropriations Chair
Lawmakers are most concerned about the federal government's healthcare funding. While not mentioned in Trump's initial round of cuts this week, the fed's replacement for the Affordable Care Act, which Kenley supports, could severely cut state funding.
Right now, the federal government funds more than 90 percent of
Trump plans to cut more than 50
"In the back of my mind I have a feeling that the program could not exist without the federal funding that is beyond it," Kenley said. "I'm not sure the states are in the position to be able to make up that difference."
Aside from that, Kenley wasn't sure how much the state would be impacted by the other budget cuts Trump proposed.
However, he saw the potential for cuts in some programs as a good thing. For example, he sees the
"In the big picture the government has to do something to solve this
"I think you can count on the governor's office pushing really hard for
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