On Election Night in 2016, candidate Donald Trump won the State of Alabama’s nine electoral votes and (later on) the Presidency. President Trump won Alabama with 62% of the vote. Alabamians believed in President Trump’s message of “Making America Great Again.” Since taking office in January, President Trump has tried to put his touch on governing the nation. However, the recent release of President Trump’s Budget outline has made anyone guess how will he make Alabama great again?
Today President Trump release a detailed outline of his “Make of America Great Again” budget. The budget costs are not much different from the previously year’s continuous resolution. However, President Trump’s budget has some drastic changes to the budget. According to the budget, the following will see an increase:
Increase Funding Table
|Dept. of Defense||10%|
|Dept. of Veteran Affairs||7%|
|Dept. of Homeland||6%|
Since there will be no new revenue (taxes) to pay for the spending increase, the additional funds will have to be taking from elsewhere in the budget. This means there will be significant cuts from other agencies. The budget outlines the cut to various agencies. The agencies that will receive a decrease in funding listed below in the following table:
Decrease Funding Table
|Environmental Protection Agency||31%|
|Housing Urban Development||13.2%|
These cuts are sure to have significant problems for the State of Alabama. For the past six years The two Alabama State Budgets (General Fund and Education Trust Fund) have been balanced by using various tricks. These tricks did not include finding new sources of revenue. Money was borrowed from various sources (rainy day fund) to balance the budget (by state law). As usual the state government has tried to rely on the federal government as much as it can. However, with the cuts to various social programs, someone is going to have to pay the bill.
A decrease in funding to various agencies will almost certainly lead to a decrease in jobs. Alabamians working in these various agencies will be placed into unemployment. This fact will increase the burden in this state. President Trump’s budget outline makes it clear that the states will have to take care of itself. A senate committee in the State Legislature has approved an education budget of $6.4 billion. Since President Trump’s budget will cut the Education Budget by 14%, lawmakers may have to return to Montgomery in the summer to address the new problems.