from Workboat Magazine today
[B]President’s budget would cut funds for inland waterways, other maritime programs[/B]
By Pamela Glass
Less than two months after signing a 2014 omnibus spending bill that gave a big boost to spending on federal maritime and waterways programs, President Obama has proposed a fiscal 2015 budget that would cut back just about all of these gains.
Taking big hits would be funding to support the nation’s inland waterways infrastructure, U.S. ports and the Title XI shipbuilding loan guarantee program.
Also in the president’s request:
*Full funding ($186 million) for the Maritime Security Program. *$3 million for administrative costs of running the Title XI shipbuilding loan guarantee program, down from the $38.5 million Congress provided in the omnibus funding bill to provide new loan guarantees. *$11.3 million for state maritime academies, and [B][I]$16 million for the US Merchant Marine Academy.[/I][/B] This compares to $17.7 million for state schools in 2014 and $79.4 million for USMMA. *No money to deepen the harbor in Savannah, GA, which had been promised by the administration.
Maritime and waterways interests, as in the past, will look to Congress to reject these cuts and restore funds.
only $16M for KP! How can this be seen in any other fashion that someone, somewhere in the Obama Administration can see clearly that the place’s time is OVER and it must GO!