Trump’s Budget Delivers More Pollution, Not More Power, to States Including Minnesota; $245,341,000 Eliminated for Grants to State/Local Agencies

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Aminah Zaghab, (443) 812-6362aminah@environmentamerica.org
Madeline Page, (617) 747-4357mpage@environmentamerica.org

“President Trump’s budget would mean more days when it’s unsafe to breathe the air; more pollution in Lake Superior with fewer protections for the St. Croix River; more moose calf deaths; and more uncertainty for our climate,” Madeline Page, Environment Minnesota Outreach Director

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA – Based on a briefing by the Trump Administration, President Trump’s proposed FY’18 budget would cut important environmental and health programs. Below is a statement from Madeline Page, Environment Minnesota Outreach Director, on the president’s FY’18 budget proposal.

“Although President Trump and his cabinet have promised numerous times to return power to the states and the people, if implemented, Trump’s FY’18 budget would mean more pollution, not more power for folks here in Minnesota and states across the nation.

Minnesotans need and deserve clean air, clean water, and protections for the places we love. Yet President Trump’s budget would mean more days when it’s unsafe to breathe the air; more pollution in Lake Superior with fewer protections for the forest diversity; more moose calf deaths; and more uncertainty for our climate.

Minnesota is particularly hard hit when it comes to waterways. The proposed FY’18 budget cuts funding for geographic programs like the Great Lakes Restoration by $426,924,000.

Overall this budget cuts $245,341,000 from programs designed to help states and cities protect our air and water and our families health.

Congress, led by the Minnesota delegation, should reject this budget. Minnesotans and all Americans need clean air, clean water, and protected open spaces – not more smog, more sewage in our water and more spills in our wetlands.”