Yesterday I wrote a post about the proposed cuts to the NEH, NEA and PBS. Today I’ve learned of more “liberalesque” government agencies that are likely to fall under the “serve the party not the people” axe of the Repubs. Please note right now, I have no party affiliation and I do not necessarily vote liberal.
One of them, the Economic Development Administration, in particular, has helped my region and yet, people here largely voted against it by voting for DJT:
Economic Development Administration
- Budget: $215 million
- Cost per American: $0.66
The EDA supports “distressed communities with their infrastructure needs that will help drive regional growth,” promotes “economic development projects that spur entrepreneurship and innovation at the regional level,” and “provides direct technical assistance to firms negatively impacted by global trade.”
What does this mean? Seven years ago, the EDA gave a $2 million grant to the Pacific Northwest Diabetes Institute to buy new scientific equipment, in turn providing lab space that would support other high-tech companies in the area. The EDA says the grant ended up creating 184 jobs, saving another 110, and attracting another $500,000 in private investment.
This article from Money names each agency that’s likely to get the axe, describes its mission and specifies the cost to each taxpayer of each one. To find out more about what the Economic Development Administration does, go here. These programs could help my town and I’ve been looking into this since I moved here, just trying to come up with a good project.