President Donald Trump’s budget has been released, and like many people I was waiting to see how it would affect my personal interest — or business.
When it comes to public transportation, Trumps budget mainly affects aviation, and long distance routes for Amtrak.
As far as Aviation goes the budget will essentially move “the air traffic control function” of the Federal Aviation Administration and its 14,000 controllers “to an independent, non-governmental organization.” In other words, because of “inefficiencies and lagging technology efforts” airline executives want to privatize America’s air traffic control system.
Amtrak will have long distance runs like the Empire Builder, which spans from Chicago to Seattle, scaled back a great deal. The Federal Transportation Administration Department, overall, faces a 13% cut while defense spending and Homeland security will go up 9% and 7% respectively.
Funding will be eliminated for 19 different agencies who depend on federal money, including the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Military spending would increase by $54 billion, a 10 percent rise, in 2018, in addition to a $30 billion increase in the current year.