ACSA Responds to Federal Health Care Legislation
March 17, 2017
ACSA has sent a letter to the members of California’s congressional delegation raising concerns about the cuts to Medicaid proposed in the newly introduced federal health care legislation. The letters were sent to each member of Congress individually. ACSA is receiving positive feedback from members of the CA Delegation in response to our letter.
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ACSA Responds to Trump's Federal Budget Proposal
March 17, 2017
President Trump has released an abridged version of his fiscal year 2018 budget request, the “Skinny Budget” which begins on October 1. The full budget will not be released until later this spring, so the impact on programs is unknown. Overall, the budget proposal would result in a 13 percent ($9 billion) cut to federal education programs, including the complete elimination of some programs. The cuts apply to both K-12 and higher education. This budget is unlikely to be approved by Congress. Appropriations measures are subject to the filibuster in the Senate and therefore, the president would need to secure 60 votes, including 8 Democrats, in order to pass any spending bills. The proposed budget does provide an idea of the president’s spending priorities, which provides a roadmap of advocacy moving forward. ACSA is very concerned about the following impacted programs:
- $2.4 billion decrease of ESSA Title II used for funding professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators.
- Eliminates the 21st Century Community Learning Centers supporting after-school programs.
- Leaves IDEA flat-funded at approximately $13 billion or 16% of the federal commitment to this program.
- $1.4 billion investment to expand school options for K-12 students, including $250 million for private school choice, $168 million added to the charter school grant program under ESSA, and $1 billion for Title I of ESSA that would allow federal funds to follow students to the school of their choice or “portability”.
- There are a number of higher education programs targeted as well, including reducing the scope of federal work-study programs for college students, maintaining existing PELL grant funding yet eliminating PELL Grant reserves and eliminating the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant program (a source of financial aid for low-income college students).
There is no mention of a number of other education program cuts in this budget, yet it does call for the elimination or reduction of 20 categorical programs that do not address national needs, duplicate other programs, or are considered more appropriately supported with state, local, and private funding. The Impact Aid Support Payments for Federal Property is potentially among that list of items up for elimination. The introduction of the president’s proposed 2018 budget is just the beginning of a long process and is considered a recommendation for Congress. Congressional lawmakers are responsible for federal budgeting and appropriations and can accept or reject proposals for federal spending. Please be assured that ACSA will closely monitor the federal budget process and will advocate on behalf of our members. We will keep you apprised as we learn anything new. In the meantime, please feel free to contact Laura Preston, ACSA’s federal liaison, should you have any questions.