Friday, February 11, 2011

Obama gives black leaders bad news on 2012 budget cuts

Among the constituencies bracing for deep cuts in the fiscal 2012 federal budget, African-Americans are as worried as anyone. And with good reason, as President Obama explained to a group of black elected officials gathered at the White House Tuesday.

Obama soon will submit to Congress a proposed budget that would slice $300 million from community development block grants, the biggest funding source enabling local governments to deliver everything from economic development to road repairs to law enforcement resources — particularly in communities with heavy concentrations of poor and minority residents.

The administration also wants to slash half the $350 million in annual spending on community service block grants, which aid the poorest children and families. (The change also would convert the program into a competitive grant process.)

Read more here: Obama Gives Black Leaders Bad News On Likely Budget Cuts

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