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The Obama Administration FY2016 Budget Request Highlights

On Monday, February 2, President Obama released a $4 trillion fiscal year (FY) 2016 budget proposal. Below are highlights of programs of interest to APWA membership. Should you have any questions regarding the President’s proposal, please contact Andrea Eales, Director of Government Affairs, at aeales@apwa.net
Army Corps of Engineers—($4.7 billion)

  • The Army Corps constructs projects for flood control, water navigation, storm damage reduction, beach nourishment, ecological restoration, water supply and dam and levee safety—a decrease of $800 million from FY2015. The proposal includes a 7% decrease for the Operations and Maintenance budget.

Department of Agriculture—($24.3 billion)

  •  $100 million for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). The RCPP encourages farmers to partner with non-agricultural entities, such as wastewater utilities and municipal storm water agencies, to use available resources to reduce nutrient runoff pollution.

Department of Homeland Security—($41.2 billion)

  •  $7.4 billion for the Disaster Relief Fund,  a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant fund which supports disaster resiliency;

  • $2.2 billion in grants to help state and local governments prevent and recover from terrorism and catastrophic events;

  • $616 million for the President’s Climate Resiliency initiative which includes flood mapping and risk analysis, Pre-Disaster Mitigation grants for hazard mitigation planning and projects, analyses of climate change impacts on critical infrastructure, FEMA climate workshops, and regional resilience coordination.

Department of Housing & Urban Development—($49.3 billion)

  • $2.88 billion for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) formula program—a decrease of $186 million from FY 15. The CDBG program funds local community development activities such as affordable housing and infrastructure development.

Department of Transportation—($94.7 billion)

  • $478 billion, 6-year highway reauthorization bill to be partially paid for through a one- time tax on past overseas corporate profits;
  • $40.1 billion for the Highway Trust Fund financed through the above mentioned proposal, and $39.6 billion from fuel taxes—a $6.8 billion increase over FY2015;
  • Calls for removing highway grant programs, highway safety, passenger rail and much of public transit spending out of the discretionary budget and into the Highway Trust Fund;
  • Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants would be removed from the annual appropriations process and receive $1.25 billion in FY2016;
  • Would establish a $500  million grant program, Fixing and Accelerating Surface Transportation (FAST);
  • Federal Transit Administration would receive a budget authority increase to $18.4 billion with a goal to increase transit spending 75% over the next 6 years;
  • $18 billion new program to help move freight traffic through busy freight corridors and rail hubs;
  • Two new bond programs—America Fast Forward bonds and Qualified Public Infrastructure Bonds;
  • $4 million for a new office to assist different agencies in coordinating a permitting process that is simultaneous and efficient;
  • $6 billion over 6 years for the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) program which leverages private sector investment in public sector infrastructure projects;
  • $6 billion over 6 years for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to increase its capability for ensuring vehicles meet the highest safety standards;
  • $14.3 billion in discretionary resources for air, maritime, rail safety, and pipeline and hazardous material transportation activities;
  • $29.4 billion over 6 years for a Critical Immediate Safety Investments Program designed to target infrastructure investments for bridges and roads which are deficient and pose a safety risk.

Environmental Protection Agency—($8.6 billion)

  • $2.3 billion for the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRFs)
  • Clean Water and Drinking Water SRFs provide low-interest loans for investments in clean water and drinking water infrastructure including sewage treatment, storm water management facilities, and drinking water treatment;
  • $50 million in technical assistance and training to improve support to state and local efforts in planning and financing water and wastewater infrastructure improvements;
  • $7 million for the newly established Water Infrastructure and Resilience Finance Center  (part of the President’s Build America Initiative).

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Tracy Okoroike
Phone: 202-218-6702