The U.S. government funds a wide range of activities, including education, transportation, and health care, in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Of the more than $145 billion in discretionary federal grants provided in fiscal year 2016, at least 9.1 percent is proposed for elimination in the budget blueprint for fiscal 2018 President Donald Trump released in March, according to the nonpartisan Federal Funds Information for States (FFIS).
Twenty of the federal programs that FFIS tracks have been recommended for termination, including the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, Community Development Block Grants, Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants, and 21st Century Community Learning Centers. (See full list below.) However, as the map shows, the impact of eliminating these programs differs widely by state, with proposed cuts ranging from 14.7 percent of discretionary federal grants in Maine to 3.5 percent in Alaska.
Notes: Discretionary spending, which is provided through appropriations acts, accounts for roughly a third of all federal spending and covers a wide range of federal programs and agencies but does not include mandatory funding, such as for Social Security and Medicare. Federal Funds Information for States monitors more than 240 federal programs that account for 91 percent of grants going to state and local governments and individuals, but this analysis addresses only the 20 programs tracked in the source document, and not other programs recommended for elimination.
Source: Federal Funds Information for States, “FY 2018 Budget Blueprint Cuts Many Grants, Provides Increase to Defense,” accessed March 2017
This analysis is part of Pew’s “fiscal federalism by the numbers” series.
Anne Stauffer directs the fiscal federalism initiative for The Pew Charitable Trusts. Justin Theal is a senior associate and Annelise Blair is coordinator on the team.