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WORKINGS OF
WASHINGTON

President
Trump's

First Budget
Signals Potentially Lean Years
Ahead for Higher Education Funding
President Trump
released his "skinny budget," detailing the Administration's plans for defense and non-defense discretionary spending for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 while
also proposing adjustments for the current fiscal
year-which Congress has yet to enact.
The FY 2018 budget calls for a $54 billion increase
in defense spending and a full repeal of the cap reductions, often referred to as "sequester." To offset these
costs, the budget reduces non-defense discretionary
spending by about one-tenth. Relative to today's
level, the budget would cut the State Department by
29 percent ($11 billion), the Environmental Protection
Agency by 31 percent ($3 billion), the Health and
Human Services Department by 16 percent ($13 billion), and the Education Department by 14 percent
($9 billion). Most other domestic agencies would
also see substantial cuts; 19 smaller agencies would
be eliminated entirely. The Veterans Affairs and
Homeland Security Departments would see their
funding boosted a combined $7 billion-by 6 and 7
percent, respectively.
A summary of Trump's "skinny-budget" proposed
revisions to the DOE's budget with respect to higher
education states that "it would focus on streamlining
and simplifying funding for college, while continuing
to help make college education more affordable." It
goes on to conclude that, "overall, the Department
would support these investments (in school choice
programs) and carry out its core mission while lowering costs to the taxpayer by reducing or eliminating
funding for programs that are not effective, that
duplicate efforts, or that do not serve national needs."
As noted above, the Department of Education
would face a $9 billion (13.5 percent) cut, despite
its $1.4 billion of new spending on school choice
initiatives to encourage charter schools and pilot
school voucher programs. Reductions in education spending would come mainly from eliminating
ON THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 2017,

AACS
constantly
monitors and
assesses the
impact that
actions and
documents
like these
have in
relation to our
overarching
Legislative and
Regulatory
Strategy
so that our
more specific
legislative and
regulatory
priorities may
be adapted
accordingly.

BY TOM
NETTING

certain secondary and post-secondary education
grant programs, funding for afterschool and summer
programs, and over 20 additional programs that the
Administration deems unnecessary.
Key higher education grant programs took a significant hit. The Federal Pell Grant program's discretionary appropriations is level funded, which when
combined with the mandatory funding, mean that
the Pell maximum would remain the same. However,
Trump's "skinny-budget" also calls for the cancellation of the $3.9 billion Pell of the program's current
$10.6 billion surplus.
This has major significance as many within the
higher education community were targeting the surplus as the funding that could be used to support
the restoration of Year-round Pell. Now that these
funds are being targeted for cancellation it seriously
calls into question whether or not Congress will still
work to support reinstatement of year-round access
to the grants for students as proposed in the Senate
FY17 Labor, HHS, Education, and Related Agencies
appropriations bill.
Schools need to pay close attention to the fact that
this freeze in Federal Pell Grants also could be an
early signal that Republicans may seek to stand firm
on recommendations previously included in Labor/
HHS appropriations bills to freeze the Pell Grant
program at existing levels for ten years. Although the
"skinny-budget" does not stipulate that the program
will be capped for years to come, the recommendation that the program should be sustained at current
levels, combined with the freeze contained in the
President's proposal, could foreshadow what is to
come for at least the next three fiscal years.
Other higher education grant programs slated
for the chopping block or reductions include the
elimination of the Federal Supplemental Education
Opportunity Grants program ($732 million savings), reductions in the Federal TRIO and GEAR Up
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of BeautyLink - Volume 9 Issue 2

Message from the AACS President and CEA Chair
And Then There's Compliance: How Much Does it Cost?
Going the Extra Mile in Employment Verification
AACS 2017 New Directions
Workings of Washington: President Trump's First Budget
Creating Efficient Communication in Education
The Feedback Loop and its Influence on Assessment Design
Voices From The Classroom
How to Create a Powerful Presentation
Beauty Changes Lives
People & Places
New Products & Services
Associate Member Profiles: Education
New School Members
Upcoming 2017 Events
Index to Advertisers
Advertiser
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BeautyLink - Volume 9 Issue 2 - Message from the AACS President and CEA Chair
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BeautyLink - Volume 9 Issue 2 - And Then There's Compliance: How Much Does it Cost?
BeautyLink - Volume 9 Issue 2 - Going the Extra Mile in Employment Verification
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BeautyLink - Volume 9 Issue 2 - AACS 2017 New Directions
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BeautyLink - Volume 9 Issue 2 - Workings of Washington: President Trump's First Budget
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BeautyLink - Volume 9 Issue 2 - Creating Efficient Communication in Education
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BeautyLink - Volume 9 Issue 2 - The Feedback Loop and its Influence on Assessment Design
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BeautyLink - Volume 9 Issue 2 - Voices From The Classroom
BeautyLink - Volume 9 Issue 2 - How to Create a Powerful Presentation
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BeautyLink - Volume 9 Issue 2 - Beauty Changes Lives
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BeautyLink - Volume 9 Issue 2 - People & Places
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BeautyLink - Volume 9 Issue 2 - Associate Member Profiles: Education
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BeautyLink - Volume 9 Issue 2 - New School Members
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BeautyLink - Volume 9 Issue 2 - Upcoming 2017 Events
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