Budget Proposal Disaster for Manufacturing Innovation and Competitiveness

A careful analysis of the administration’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2018 is a disaster for manufacturing innovation and competitiveness.  The administration’s budget proposal would undermine America’s long-term growth prospects by slashing investments that are critical to the country’s innovative capacity and to the competitiveness of its most strategically important industries. Especially when it comes to areas ranging from scientific and engineering research to workforce education and skills, congressional leaders are already declaring the proposal “dead on arrival.”

Some of the critical programs that would be particularly damaging to cut according to  the administration’s proposed budget, include manufacturing and economic development. Specifically, the MEP, Manufacturing Extension Partnership, has been a hugely successful program helping small and midsized manufacturers thrive; the proposed budget eliminates the program.

Manufacturing USA budget provides only $15 million for 2018, a 70 percent cut and the deeply vital Economic Development Administration is eliminated entirely.  Similarly, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency would be eliminated along with 21st Century Community Learning Centers. 

At a time when STEM is being touted, the administration wants to decrease funding by 39 percent for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

These draconian budget cuts are counter-productive for an administration which promised to bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S.

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