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ASLA and NRPA Respond to President Trump's Budget
President Trump's FY18 Budget Met With Stern Opposition

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The Trump Administration has released "A New Foundation For American Greatness," expanding on the "America First" Budget released in March 2017.


The ASLA and NRPA have voiced their opinions on the President's latest budget proposals. Both organizations have expressed their concern and opposition to the proposed cuts aimed at the Environmental Protection Agency and the Land Water Conservation Fund. Under the new budget, these agencies will receive 30 and 85 percent cuts to their budgets respectively. Here is what they have to say:

ASLA Statement on President Trump's FY18 Budget Proposal
American Society of Landscape Architects' (ASLA) Executive Vice President and CEO Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, released this statement in response to the Trump administration's May release of its fiscal year 2018 budget recommendations:

"ASLA is extremely concerned with President Trump's proposed federal budget, which makes draconian cuts at a time when our country should be making increased investments in the resilience and health of our communities.

"The Trump administration's budget proposal includes significant cuts to key climate change programs and activities across all agencies, including ceasing all payments to the United Nations' Green Climate Fund and eliminating the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Flood Hazard Mapping and Risk Analysis Program.

"ASLA and its members call on Congress to reject this budget proposal and protect programs and resources that protect our nation's infrastructure and environment. As the long legislative process continues, we will continue to advocate on behalf of our members and their stewardship of the natural environment.

"Our recent actions include the May 15 submittal of a letter signed by nearly 2,000 landscape architects and other supporters urging EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to change course and work to continue federal carbon reduction programs and regulations, fund scientific research and make it accessible to the American people, and honor the United States' commitment to the Paris Agreement."

NRPA Statement on President Trump's FY18 Budget Proposal
Barbara Tulipane, CAE, president and CEO of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) issued the following statement in response to President Trump's FY18 budget request:

"NRPA is deeply troubled by the cuts outlined in President Trump's FY18 budget request. These cuts, which are reckless and shortsighted, turn back the clock on decades of progress in the areas of health and wellness, conservation, and social equity. Parks and recreation services are cost-effective solutions to some of our nation's greatest challenges, therefore, cutting funding for programs that park and recreation agencies rely on for support is outrageous. Without these programs, many of the communities our agencies serve will be adversely affected -- especially those that are underserved.

"This budget proposal eliminates or decimates programs that underpin the successful decades-long partnership between local and federal governments. Park and recreation agencies don't look to the federal government for all of their needs, but a reliable, dependable federal partnership is critical to local park and recreation infrastructure investment.

"We urge Congress to reject the elimination of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. These flexible funds allow local governments to determine how to invest in the programs and infrastructure that their residents want and need -- including more than $800 million in park and recreation projects since 2005.

"NRPA also believes the president's elimination of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) grant programs, including environmental education, will result in long-term costs to our nation. The absence of environmental education jeopardizes our ability to cultivate the next generation of environmental stewards, which NRPA believes is essential to the protection of our environment.

"NRPA also urges Congress to reject the elimination of the popular Transportation Infrastructure Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program. These competitive grants have spurred investment in innovative park and active transportation projects across the country, which in turn leverage private investment.

"In building a stronger, healthier America we should be aiming to strengthen these programs, not cut them. NRPA urges its members and advocates to contact their member of Congress and ask them to reject these cuts because they simply don't make sense."

For more information visit www.asla.org and www.nrpa.org.







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