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RELEASE: New State-by-State Analysis Shows Trump Budget Plan to Eliminate Northern Border Region Funding Hurts His Voters
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RELEASE: New State-by-State Analysis Shows Trump Budget Plan to Eliminate Northern Border Region Funding Hurts His Voters

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  • Terrence Clark

Washington, D.C. – The Center for American Progress Action Fund released new state-by-state fact sheets analyzing how President Donald Trump’s budget proposal to eliminate the Northern Border Regional Commission, or NBRC, would harm economically insecure areas and his own supporters.

Created in 2008, the Northern Border Regional Commission is a federal-state partnership that funds projects in Maine, New York, New Hampshire, and Vermont. The Northern Border Regional Commission creates jobs and strengthens the economy in the 36 counties it serves by investing in job training programs and leveraging private sector investments to support infrastructure projects. More than 500,000 Americans voted for President Trump in these counties.

“President Trump’s plan to gut the Northern Border Regional Commission is a complete betrayal of his campaign promises to strengthen the economy for everyday Americans and support workers,” said Molly Cain, Senior Researcher at the Center for American Progress Action Fund. “People in Maine, New York, New Hampshire, and Vermont depend on the Northern Border Regional Commission for economic development, skills training, and infrastructure projects that help grow local economies. President Trump can’t support these workers while killing the NBRC.”

The NBRC has already created hundreds of jobs and plans to create 5,000 jobs in the region over the next 5 years. From 2010 to 2016, the NBRC has invested nearly $21 million to help fund 116 economic development, skills training, and infrastructure projects in 36 counties in Maine, New York, New Hampshire, and New York.

Please see the following fact sheets on NBRC states affected by Trump’s proposal: Maine, New York, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

For more information or to speak to an expert, please contact Terrence Clark at tclark.af@americanprogressaction.org or 202.741.6251.