ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The Trump Administration's Fiscal Year 2021 budget as it stands now proposes big cuts to food stamps, medicaid and student loans, but also boosts military funding and doesn't slash spending for social security or medicare, and includes multiple mentions of Alaska specifically.
The budget, a $4.8 trillion plan, arrived at the capitol building after being delivered by the House Budget Committee on Monday. By Tuesday, Democrats had already demonstrated an apparent contrast in budget priorities compared to those of the White House, introducing a bill designed to strengthen low-income programs just a day after the release of the president's proposed budget.
The budget itself - considered a reflection of the president's priorities - still has to work its way through Congress, and is expected to face challenges, making it likely that at least some changes, if not extensive ones, will be in order.
In its current state, however, FY2021 documents released by the White House include several mentions of Alaska.
Within the Department of Health and Social Services, $27 million is set aside for the Indian Health Service to tackle epidemics in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Approximately $2.9 billion is slated for the Department of the Interior, with portions of that headed for social services, public safety, infrastructure maintenance and efforts to address violence, including in rural areas. There's also $188 million listed for the Department of Commerce and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's efforts to map and explore certain areas, including in and around Alaska specifically.
Supporting budget documents also single out Alaska in defense of certain federal cuts, for example, to the Denali Commission. The FY2021 Major Savings and Reforms file even notes that the state has enough money to pay its residents an annual dividend, and that "the rationale for a unique and additional Federal subsidy to Alaska is difficult to justify, given that the State of Alaska's oil revenues allow it to pay an annual dividend ($1,600 in 2018) to each of its residents."
You can find the budget documents published by the White House by clicking here.
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