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NASCSP Statement on FY 2018 Budget Proposal

March 16, 2017   This morning the Trump Administration released its FY 2018 budget outline, also known as the “skinny budget”. Regrettably, the budget proposal calls for significant cuts to several agencies and programs across the federal government that impact low-income Americans. The budget blueprint calls for $1.7 billion in cuts at the Department of … Continue reading

CSBG Legislative Update: Shutdown Edition Part II

By Brad Penney, General Counsel The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program does not face the threats we outlined in yesterday’s post about the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). Under the provisions of a Continuing Resolution (CR), CSBG will benefit by receiving funding at the current level, minus sequestration – probably a cut in the range of … Continue reading

Poverty Politics: Sequestration Scenarios

— Mark Schmeissing, Senior Policy Analyst, NASCSP, and Brad Penney, General Counsel, NASCSP — Last week at the NASCSP Annual Conference, much of the conversation was about the future of the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) and Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). One of the major issues facing our Network is the impact of sequestration. Sequestration and … Continue reading

Poverty Politics: Go Ahead – Change the Game

— By Steve Payne, NASCSP Board President — In last night’s State of the Union address, the President unveiled the big initiatives of his second term. The pundits say this could be his last big speech. Second terms have notoriously small windows of opportunity before all attention turns to the next presidential race. As the President … Continue reading

CSBG Spotlight: Collaborative Access to Healthy Food Choices

— Edited by Rae Tamblyn, Research Assistant, CSBG — It’s the start of a new year and we are newly resolved to make lifestyle changes. For many of us, this is a resolution to eat healthy. We all know how hard resolutions are to keep. It’s even more difficult to eat healthy when there is … Continue reading

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