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Federal Issues

President Trump Releases FY18 Budget Blueprint

March 23, 2017
On March 16, President Donald Trump released his $1.1 trillion Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget proposal called “America First – A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again.” The proposal includes sweeping cuts to funding levels for domestic discretionary programs and federal agencies that directly benefit cities and counties nationwide.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

CDBG has served to create jobs, develop affordable housing, stabilize neighborhoods and provide necessary public services to local governments throughout Georgia. The strength of the CDBG program lies in local determination of immediate need, flexibility in addressing problems, identifying eligible activities, and responsible administration of funds by state and local officials.

E-Fairness

The Internet marketplace is rapidly expanding – It does not make sense to treat one channel of sales differently than another. Online sales are growing 4 times faster than sales made at brick and mortar establishments. To level the playing field for Georgia’s hometown businesses, Congress must take action to allow state and local governments to require retailers to collect sales taxes on online purchases.

Municipal Bond Tax Exemption

Municipal bonds have been a foundation for local infrastructure finance for 100 years. The threat to this important resource is very real, and Georgia’s delegation members need to hear from city officials. GMA encourages all city officials to touch base with your Senators and Congressmen to urge them to protect the tax treatment for municipal bonds.
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Various city officials speak about the importance of CDBG.
Senator Isakson discusses GMA's Federal priorities for Mayors' Day 2017.