Federal Grants To States And Localities Cut Deeply In Fiscal Year 2009 Federal Budget

Source: Iris Lav and Phil Oliff, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, February 4, 2008

Grants to state and local governments have long been an important way in which the federal government supports and administers programs efficiently. The new budget, however, continues to significantly erode those grants. This leaves states and localities the option of either curtailing services or increasing their own taxes to compensate for declining federal funds. These cuts would come at a particularly difficult time, when many states already are cutting programs to balance their budgets and half of the states face budget gaps for the upcoming fiscal year of more than $34 billion.

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