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Trump’s FY2018 budget seeks 21% less for Department of Labor

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President Trump wants to cut the Department of Labor’s budget by 21% in 2018. The administration’s budget proposal, released March 16, seeks $9.6 billion in DOL funding, $2.5 billion less than its fiscal year 2017 budget.

Job training programs would be hardest hit. The budget calls for eliminating the Senior Community Service Employment Program, which provides job skills for unemployed older people. Also on the chopping block is the Job Corps program, which has offered vocational training to low-income youth since 1964. An unspecified number of the program’s 126 Job Corps Centers would be closed.

OSHA grants to pay for workplace safety training programs and technical-assistance grants at the Office of Disability Employment Policy would also disappear.

Those cuts add up to about $500 million, leaving another $2 billion to be trimmed from other programs.

The White House’s budget proposal is just the starting point in a negotiation that will continue into the fall. Congress ultimately sets the federal budget.

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