FY2015 Budget Request Slashes Water Infrastructure Funding
Budget proposes funding the CWSRF and DWSRF at $1.018 billion and $757 million respectively
The Obama Administration released its FY2015 Budget request, which proposes $500 million in cuts to the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund programs (CWSRF and DWSRF). The budget proposes funding the CWSRF and DWSRF at $1.018 billion and $757 million respectively. This constitutes $350 million to the CWSRF and $150 million to the DWSRF over last year’s funding levels.
Overall, the budget request proposes $7.9 billion for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), $300 million below the $8.2 billion Congress appropriated to the Agency for FY2014.
This year’s budget request again includes a proposal to limit the amount of tax liability wealthy individuals can claim on interest income received from investments in municipal bonds to 28%. At the same time, the budget again proposes a new bond program called America Fast Forward Bonds, which provides subsidy payments to state and local governmental issuers of conventional taxable bonds.
The National Association of Clean Water Agency’s (NACWA) Executive Director, Ken Kirk noted, “These proposed cuts come at exactly the wrong time. Clean water agencies are increasingly demonstrating their ability to spur local economic development and create jobs, efforts that the federal government should embrace as a full partner. NACWA will be working to ensure that Congress replaces these cuts with full funding levels and remains a reliable, long-term partner in meeting the requirements of the Clean Water Act.”