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Proposed budget would eliminate the ARC

March 20, 2017--4:00 p.m.

By David Crowder

Last week, the Trump Administration released its proposed Federal Budget, which includes decreases in domestic spending.

The Environmental Protection Agency will be cut by 31.4%, foreign aid and international programs would see a 28% decrease, while labor department will be cut by 20%.

Some federal agencies like the Appalachian Regional Commission would be eliminated in the budget.

The ARC was established in 1965 and provides grants for 13 Appalachian states, including Georgia.

The agency has a $146,000,000 budget.

Late last year, ARC announced the approval of a grant in the amount of $310,550 to Georgia Northwestern Technical College to provide residents in Northwest Georgia with advanced technical training repairing and maintaining die press equipment.

The grant funding has also assisted in local economic development efforts.

In 2008, the Richard B. Russell Regional Airport received around $300,000 in ARC funding that paid for the installation of utilities, such as electric, fire suppression and water in the area north of the terminal to prepare for future development.

The improvements also included a road that circles around the area.

In 2011, Floyd County received $300,000 to fund the North Floyd Industrial Park Sewer Project to serve the Lowe’s Distribution Center.

The proposal to eliminate the ARC may have an uphill climb with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is from Kentucky, saying he opposes any cuts to the agency.