President Releases “Swiss Cheese” Budget
The president’s fiscal year (FY) 2020 budget was released on March 11. It provides a broad overview and includes some policy and grant specifics, but does not include programmatic detail for all agencies. Based on available information, this Budget Brief highlights provisions of the proposal that are relevant to states.
In general, the budget largely mirrors the FY 2018 and FY 2019 requests. It proposes a few new programs, but eliminates, consolidates, or reduces scores of grant programs, with the result that federal aid to states declines significantly. Congressional appropriators have not been receptive to the president’s proposed eliminations in the past.