Meals on Wheels Budget Cuts to Come?

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Last week, President Trump made headlines when he announced his budget proposal, which included cuts to programs like Meals on Wheels.
Today, it hits closer to home.
An amendment was added to a state tax bill, capping matching funds to local districts for programs like Meals on Wheels for seniors.


Specifically, it would decrease state funding from 3.9 million this year, to 3.5 million in the next biennium.
Craig Headland proposed the amendment, and says he thinks the cap would free up money that the state needs for other programs.
Opponents like Kathy Hogan say even with state budget cuts, money shouldn’t be taken from programs like these.

“This is a core service that we need to assure that we have. It’s one of those core services like we want to assure that we have safe water, and that we have adequate schools. I think we need to look at this as a core service. And, and dollar reduction, not including inflation, will have impacts on real people,” said Kathy Hogan, (D) Fargo.


“We have other areas of our budget where we don’t have these automatic increases, and we are still, you know, quite a ways from balancing these budgets. This will free up roughly 1 million dollars to shore up other budgets,” said Craig Headland, (R) Montpelier.

AARP is against the proposed amendment.
 

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