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Proposed FY18 Federal Budget Impacts to Preservation
05/23/2017 By Preservation Maryland
President Trump submitted his first full year budget proposal to Congress on May 23rd and included in the multi-trillion dollar document are several major potential impacts to preservation.
While a president’s budget proposal is far from a final document, it does set the tone of discussion and can often be a starting point for congressional appropriators. In the proposed FY18 budget, the Trump administration proposes several measures that could negatively impact history and preservation efforts around the nation:
An overall 10.9% decrease in funding to the Dept. of the Interior which houses most preservation programs.
$51.1 million for the Historic Preservation Fund ($42.1 million in funding for State Historic Preservation Officers and $9 million for Tribal Historic Preservation Officers); a $29 million decrease to the Fund over FY17 levels.
Elimination of all competitive grants from the Historic Preservation Fund (e.g. underrepresented communities, civil rights, etc.)