The good news in the FY18 budget released by President Trump is an increase in Title I education grants. I was successful at getting a larger share of this money for the Marianas in the Every Student Succeeds Act in 2015—the only funding formula change in the law. And, at the level the President has budgeted, our schools would receive $12.2 million next year, an increase of $5.2 million.
I was also glad to see that the Trump budget protects Clean Water and Safe Drinking Water State Revolving Fund monies administered by the Environmental Protection Agency. The funding formula change in those two programs, won in the years since I came into office, has brought our islands $59 million in new infrastructure money. Elsewhere, the President’s budget is grim. $54 billion in new money for the Pentagon is taken out of domestic programs nationwide.
The table below estimates the cuts to the Marianas. A second, expanded budget blueprint is expected from the President in May.