Congress has set a new deadline of March 1 to impose so-called sequestration cuts in federal funding for many programs affecting local governments. Which possible cuts would have the greatest impact on your community?

Community block grants
33% (29 votes)
State and local law enforcement grants
23% (20 votes)
Highway Trust Fund
20% (17 votes)
Social services block grants
15% (13 votes)
Other (leave a comment)
7% (6 votes)
Homeless assistance grants
2% (2 votes)
Total voters: 87

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Anonymous
on Mar 1, 2013

Unfortunately as the 'Pied Piper' plays his flute... the rats (and media) will follow. It doesn't matter which tune he plays. Beware!

Anonymous
on Mar 1, 2013

I guess one of the things I don't (and have never) understood is why no one ever discusses the money we send oversees to help other countries (some of which don't want us around). If we were to stop sending money there we might have money to pay our debt off or at least not have to make bigger cuts

Anonymous
on Mar 1, 2013

Our elected representatives spend only what we allow them to spend. If we raised taxes up to the point of expenditures we would all know the true cost and there would be no debt. Then the expenditure debate could begin.

Anonymous
on Jan 28, 2013

The sequestration cuts that will have the greatest impact on our community are the defense cuts. In the current federal budget, the department of defense has already started implementation of the 10-year military spending reduction planned at reducing defense by $500 billion. The possibility of an additional $500 billion in cuts will harm military readiness and will adversely impact communities like ours that support the military’s mission. The very possibility of sequestration has already created the situation where local employers supporting the military are holding back on jobs and hiring.

Anonymous
on Jan 24, 2013

It's important to remember that public debt is a helpful and necessary tool for governments at all levels. Without bonding authority, in many cases, governments would be caught in a Catch-22 in which the price of items would increase while they wait years to save up the money to pay for them in cash. By using bonds, and thus accruing public debt, governments can pay for those items (plus interest on the bonds) at an overall cheaper price than if they had saved up and paid in full.

Anonymous
on Jan 22, 2013

The government has a serious spending problem.

Anonymous
on Jan 23, 2013

Warren Buffett disagrees.

Anonymous
on Jan 10, 2013

Social Services Block Grants I guess. As I understand, these type of grants will impact our children and to some aspect early educational programs. This kind of shortage in funding has the potential to impact a community for a couple of generations.

Anonymous
on Jan 10, 2013

This is a great time for local government and populace how the Federal government is controlling things that should be local decisions. Less Fed taxation and redistribution and more local accountability.

Anonymous
on Jan 23, 2013

Whether the funds comes from the federal government or through local taxpayers, the funds are still necessary to sustain current service levels. Local governments use federal grants from DOJ to hire police officers and DOT to maintain interstates. Without that federal funding, localities would either have to increase revenues or lay off police officers and stop maintaining interstates. What purpose would it serve to cut federal programs if we will just raise taxes at the local level to provide the same services?

Anonymous
on Jan 9, 2013

I keep hearing the recession is over: Unemployment down, Housing starts up, stock marked up now is the time to wean off the "stimulus" and address the debt. Lets get a Budget approved that we can live by and stop reacting to one crises after another.

Anonymous
on Jan 7, 2013

Feds are doing all local governments a big diservice by brinksmanship decisions they arent making going back to Sept 2011. The poison pill set in place that Wash DC blinked again on last week is testimony to why 112th Congress may be ther most dysfunctional and ineffective Fed Legislative body in the last 50-70 yrs. Partisanship and extremism seem to be ruling the day IN DC which is not what Nov 2012 election results indicated the populace is all about. The next 60 days will be critical in our nation's course to reduced deficits, less defense spending, reasonable extreme weapons/ammunition/ gun show licensing controls and multi year public infrastructure financing and priority planning and an end to new fiscal cliffs.

Anonymous
on Jan 7, 2013

Our community uses CDBG funds for a wide range of housing programs- futher reductions in this funding source will impact our ability to deliver services or in some cases eliminate services.

Anonymous
on Jan 7, 2013

While there may be impacts it is more important to balance the budget and begin to live within our means.

Anonymous
on Jan 8, 2013

There will be plenty of time to balance the budget when the recession is over. This is really just the GOP trying to block the Democratic priorities by using the deficit as an excuse.

Anonymous
on Jan 15, 2013

Wow, seriously? I know this is posted anonymously, but is this really Nancy Pelosi? I cannot imagine anyone else suggesting that it's okay to wait to stop spending money we don't have until the recession is done, a la "we have to vote on the bill to find out what is in the bill." This has nothing to do with party priorities - this has to do with Americans trying to put the brakes on reckless spending before the entire economy goes over the brink and our national credit is reduced to junk status. I hope that, anyway, because that IS what we need to do!

Anonymous
on Mar 1, 2013

I agree with the Nancy Pelosi reference. Is the Federal Government the only organization that has not presented a budget in the las four years? This is not about Republicans blocking Democratic spending. It is about all members of the Federal Government failing to do what they were hired to do. There are plenty of areas to cut spending that will harm the personal wealth of individual congressmen much more than the American people and the entire economy.

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