APA Condemns President Trump's FY 2019 Federal Budget Proposal

Proposed budget once again fails local communities.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Planning Association’s (APA) President Cynthia Bowen, AICP, notes that President Trump’s proposed FY 2019 federal budget yet again fails local communities. The proposed budget threatens vital programs necessary to help create communities of lasting value.

Read APA’s Statement on the FY 2019 Federal Budget Proposal

APA remains steadfast in voicing its opposition to the proposed budget that undermines existing local community development, housing and transportation programs. Furthermore, the proposed cuts conflict with the administration’s stated interest of bolstering the nation’s infrastructure.

Again, this year APA and its members will reach out to members of Congress to demonstrate the value and importance of the programs identified for reduction or elimination. Earlier this year, APA outlined four key priorities necessary to create stronger and more just communities. The four priorities include smart infrastructure investment, expanded housing choice and affordability, reliable federal data, and safer communities. Learn more about APA’s legislative priorities and our Infrastructure Principles that highlight what a new federal infrastructure program should entail.

Members are encouraged to urge their Congressional representatives to reject the budget cuts. Visit APA’s Legislative Action Center to quickly contact your representatives to voice your opposition. Keep up to date on how proposed policies may impact communities through APA’s policy blog posts.

For additional legislative updates, advocacy training, and exclusive webinars, APA members may join the free Planners Advocacy Network.

The American Planning Association is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides vital leadership in creating communities of lasting value. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the profession of planning, offering better choices for where and how people work and live. The 38,000 APA members work in concert with community residents, civic leaders and business interests to create communities that enrich people's lives. Through its philanthropic work, APA’s Foundation helps to reduce economic and social barriers to good planning. APA has offices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago. Learn more at www.planning.org.

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Roberta Rewers, APA, 312-786-6395; rrewers@planning.org