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February 06, 2009

What the Senate's cut: Funds for states and schools

Here're the cuts, according to Sen. Leahy's office. Based on this list, the governors who've been the strongest supporters of the stimulus bill, because it offered them some relief in a terrible budget year, will cry the loudest. Schools, environmental programs and broadband expansion projects also take a hit.

Billion dollar cuts

$40 billion State Fiscal Stabilization

$16 billion School Construction

$7.5 billion of State Incentive Grants

$5.8 billion Health Prevention Activity

$4.5 billion GSA

$3.5 billion Higher Ed Construction (Eliminated)

$3.5 billion Federal Bldgs Greening

$2.25 Neighborhood Stabilization (Eliminate)

$2 billion broadband

$2 billion HIT Grants

$1.25 billion project based rental

$1 billion Head Start/Early Start

$1.2 billion in Retrofiting Project 8 Housing

$1 billion Energy Loan Guarantees

Million dollar cuts

$100 million FSA modernization

$50 million CSERES Research

$65 million Watershed Rehab

$30 million SD Salaries

$100 Distance Learning

$98 million School Nutrition

$50 million aquaculture

$100 million NIST

$100 million NOAA

$100 million Law Enforcement Wireless

$50 million Detention Trustee

$25 million Marshalls Construction

$100 million FBI Construction

$300 million Federal Prisons

$300 million BYRNE Formula

$140 million BYRNE Competitive

$10 million State and Local Law Enforcement

$50 million NASA

$50 million Aeronautics

$50 million Exploration

$50 million Cross Agency Support

$200 million NSF

$100 million Science

$300 million Fed Hybrid Vehicles

$50 million from DHS

$200 million TSA

$122 million for Coast Guard Cutters, modifies use

$25 million Fish and Wildlife

$55 million Historic Preservation

$20 million working capital fund

$200 million Superfund

$165 million Forest Svc Capital Improvement

$90 million State & Private Wildlife Fire Management

$75 million Smithsonian

$600 million Title I (NCLB)


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hat sound is your tax dollars being flushed down the drain.



Thank you for keeping this list

Econ Professor

More pork barrel spending. I see that "change" really has come to Washington. The only change I can see, is the intensity at which the federal treasury is being raped and pillaged. To the victors go the spoils. :(

Joel Schipper

These cuts are stupid - each one would means jobs and local income - which is what we need now. This doesn't sound like a sensible compromise to me.

Michael Young

That sound is your tax dollars being flushed down the drain.

Judy from Cleveland

They are cutting exactly what we need to boost this economy and create jobs. And filling this bill with all sorts of idiotic tax cuts that mean jack.

The struggling commercial construction sector, especially in OH, would really benefit from K-12 and higher-ed construction programs.

So would money put toward Historic Preservation! That kind of public investment revitalized The Warehouse District in Cleveland into a bustling business/dining/entertainment district which employs thousands of people.

Retrofitting (energy) Section 8 would also create tons of jobs and save the government millions in operating costs.

We desperately need Neighborhood Stabilization money to deal with all of the foreclosed houses.

I can't believe what I am reading. What good does a tax cut do for the unemployed? They sure as hell can't take advantage of a tax break for buying a new house or car.

If small businesses don't have customers what good does a tax cut do them? If an entrepeneur doesn't have a market left to sell to what good does a tax break do them?

These Republicans and Blue Dog Dems are so out of their ever-lovin minds it's not even funny. They are going to take this country down.


Thank you for keeping this list. $4.5 B for GSA is a cut I can live with.

Separately, since we are already aware of the Federal government overpaying for the ML deal ~ 76B and add that to the $20 B in executive bonuses, I am sure we can get a refund. Or am I stating the obvious? Just asking...


The Republicans are being morons about this...it's as if they want the country to fail...

Seems a bit extreme to win an election in 4 years...

just sayin...


As for an explanation ,could a preponderance of democratic governors who will presumably take the blame prompt the Republicans to cut? Just asking


Just curious why I've not seen any journalist ask a rather obvious question: how does cutting state relief funding not result in states increasing property taxes and other taxes that together will negate any other federal stimulus spending? Same question for cutting education spending which is heavily state funded. Negating federal stimulus spending sure makes it sound like this Senate version is a waste of time and money.

Out here in the real world, in the state of Arizona, the Republican state government has already slashed education spending and class sizes have doubled. With no federal relief, they'll cut even more. Schools will shut down, class size will go above 40 kids per classroom, maybe 50 kids, and there will be layoffs and deferred maintenance (on top of maintenance already deferred).

Seems this is something any political journalist should know and ask about in a press conference and write about in any articles or analysis. Instead all we get is a cute quote from Senator Nelson that implies pork is whatever he says it is.

Just asking...

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