March 24, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Washington, DC – President Donald Trump’s proposed budget, released March 16, would cut funds for the Department of Labor by more than 20%, from the current $12.2 billion to $9.6 billion.
The blueprint for fiscal year 2018 doesn’t give much detail about specific programs, but unemployment benefits and job-training programs, which account for about three-fourths of the department’s spending, would likely take the biggest hit. It would eliminate the $434 million Senior Community Service Employment Program, which provides job training for older unemployed workers; close some Job Corps centers; and expand assessments of people seeking unemployment benefits to find more ineligible. The administration is also likely to cut funding for the Wage and Hour Division and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The White House did not brief Labor Secretary nominee Alexander Acosta on the budget proposal before it was released, his spokesperson told Bloomberg BNA. It is expected to release a full budget proposal in May. Read more