President Donald Trump has proposed a budget for 2019 which proves that he is a liar, not that it matters.
Despite his campaign promises that manufacturing in America would be revitalized under his presidency, Trump’s budget proposal includes cutting $3 million from the federal programs that are meant to boost manufacturing in distressed communities. Of course, the citizens in these communities voted for Trump based on his campaign promises.
The proposed budget would put an end to economic development programs which are run by the Department of Commerce. The budget calls for the elimination of the Economic Development Administration (EDA) and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership.
The EDA is a program which provides grants that help American manufacturers compete with global manufacturers and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership helps fund manufacturing innovation centers in every state and Puerto Rico.
The EDA invested $15 million in coal communities and $13 million to struggling manufacturing companies to help them find ways to compete on a global level. Most of these grants went to states that heavily supported Trump in the election, including Texas, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. A 2016 study of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership showed that the $130 million invested in the program generated $1.13 billion in federal personal income tax.
Both of these programs, according to the Alliance for American Manufacturing, are “essential”. The funds they use are only a fraction of what other countries spend to boost their manufacturing economies. Also, it can’t be reiterated enough, Trump promised to help revitalize American manufacturing. Every day, Trump further proves that his word is worthless.