“In the federal spending bill that President Trump signed on Friday, several government programs are getting funding boosts, including two that the White House sought to eliminate a year ago.
“Community Development Block Grants, which help fund an array of local government projects spanning from affordable housing assistance to small business loan programs, are set to see a $300 million increase in funding. That puts total federal funding at $3.3 billion for a program that Trump’s 2017 budget proposal had targeted for elimination. It’s also the first meaningful increase for the program since the early 1990s.
“Congress also plans to triple funding for the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program that’s popular with states and cities. Funding for the program will increase from $500 million to $1.5 billion. That’s a huge boost given that only a year ago, administration officials were saying the program should be defunded and the money spent elsewhere. The majority of the increase will fund local and state multimodal and multijurisdictional projects that include things like transit, bike lanes and rail lines. Nearly one-third of the funding will be set aside for rural areas.”
FULL STORY Published on March 23, 2018 by GOVERNING