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GOP Budget Would Cut the Big Apple to Its Core

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Location: New York, NY

Today, after House Republicans announced their budget for the 2012 fiscal year, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D -- Queens and Brooklyn) released a study highlighting how the new plan would cut funding to New York City by more than $94 billion over 10 years, slashing money for New York cops, transportation, healthcare and education.

Under the Republican budget plan, more than $94 billion in federal aid to New York City would be cut. During a time when the City is facing a massive budget deficit, this proposal would force major cuts in programs like Medicare and Medicaid, hurting countless seniors and low-income New Yorkers. Title I education funding would be cut by over $745 million, and federal grants to the NYPD would be cut by $404 million. This could mean that more than 1,500 cops would be taken off the streets of New York City.

Additionally, if the GOP budget passes, the MTA would lose over $2.3 billion that is used to fund vital rail and bus infrastructure and security projects throughout the region, and the more than 1 million seniors in New York City would lose their guaranteed Medicare benefits and be forced to pay additional premium costs.

"Republicans want to permanently extend tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires without paying for it. But when it comes to funding vital programs to help struggling New Yorkers, no cut is too steep and nothing is off the table," Weiner said. "GOP priorities are out of sync with the rest of the country."

Weiner's study found the following:

CUTS TO NYC OVER 10 YEARS: MORE THAN $94 BILLION

Medicare
* The over 1 million seniors in New York City would lose their guaranteed Medicare benefits and be forced to pay premium costs that the new proposed subsidy doesn't cover. (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services)

Medicaid
* Medicaid costs would be shifted to New York City residents as state and local taxes revenue would need to cover the $75 billion in Medicaid cuts over 10 years contained within this budget proposal. (NYC OMB and Center for Budget and Policy Priorities)

SNAP Program
* The SNAP Program will now be tied to a block grant program with benefits contingent upon on work or job training. Over 351,000 New Yorkers would lose their SNAP benefits and NYC would see $6.3 billion cut in funding. (U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Census)

Education
* Title I funding, which provides funding for primary and secondary schools, would be cut by over $745 million. (NYC Independent Budget Office (IBO)
* Pell Grants which provide grants for lower income college students would be cut by $3.6 billion and the maximum Pell Grant award would be cut by $819 per student. (NYC Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Census)

Law Enforcement
* Federal grants to the New York Police Department would be cut by $404 million. This could mean that more than 150 cops are taken off the streets of New York City each year. (NYC IBO)

Housing
* The Low Income Heating and Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) which helps the lowest-income New Yorkers stay warm would be cut by $250 million. (NYC OMB)
* Section 8 vouchers which provide vouchers for low-income families to locate decent, safe, and affordable housing would be cut by over $302 million to NYC. ( NYC IBO)
* The Public Housing Operating Fund, which provides subsidies to public housing agencies, would be cut by nearly $1.1 billion. (NYC IBO)
* The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which funds local community development activities such as affordable housing, anti-poverty programs, and infrastructure development, would experience over $194 million in cuts. (NYC IBO)
* The HOME investment partnerships program, which works with nonprofit groups to build, buy, and rehabilitate affordable housing would be cut by $15 million. (NYC IBO)
* The Public Housing Capital Fund, which provides funding for the development and modernization of public housing, would be cut by $80 million. (City of New York IBO)

Transportation
* MTA would lose over $2.3 billion that is used to fund vital rail and bus infrastructure and security projects throughout the region. (Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA))

Human Services
* The Child Care and Development Fund which provides subsidies for child care for low-income families so that parents can work would be cut by over $66 million. (NYC IBO)
* Community Services Block Grants which provides funding to assist with employment, education, nutrition and emergency services for the homeless, migrants and the elderly would be cut $36 million. (NYC IBO)

Infrastructure
* The Drinking Water Revolving Fund which works to ensure that local residents receive clean and safe drinking water would be cut by $541 million for NYC. (NYC OMB)
* The Clean Water Revolving Fund which works to ensures that local communities can provide clean and sanitary wastewater treatment services for their residents would be cut by $2.8 billion for NYC. (NYC OMB)

Job Training
* New York City job training and workforce investment which provides adult workforce training, job-related activities for young adults, and dislocated workers programs would be cut by $343 million. (NYC IBO)


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