President Trump’ has sent Congress his $4.1 trillion spending plan and it’s getting a lot of attention but what would it mean for Nevada?
The budget slashes and guts several programs that benefit people in this state and it’s facing condemnation by Nevada’s congressional delegation. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto called it “morally reprehensible.” Even Republican Senator Dean Heller called the president’s budget “Anti-Nevada.”
So what does it cut?
Over the next decade, $800 billion would be cut from Medicaid. Nevada was one of dozens of states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act providing health care coverage to an additional 200,000 to 400,000 people in this state.
The proposed budget would also impact the food stamp program or SNAP and the nearly 440,000 SNAP recipients in Nevada as of March of this year. Nevadans on the program received about $52 million in benefits per month, all of it paid by the federal government.
The new budget proposal would require more people without children to work in order to continue getting food stamps and costs would be shifted to the state.
The budget also proposes cutting $230 million of funding from the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act program which uses the revenue from the sale of some public land around Las Vegas to invest in infrastructure development and wildlife restoration. It would reduce the payment in lieu of taxes or the PILT program.
Nearly 85 percent of Nevada is managed by the federal government and the PILT program helps pay for county and state law enforcement, and infrastructure maintenance of federal land since that land can’t be developed or taxed.
Nevada received more than $25 million last year under the PILT program. The budget does include $120 million to restart the licensing process for Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository which Heller described as a “failed program” and there is $1.6 billion budgeted to start building a wall on the southern border with Mexico.