Legislative Watch 3/15/17
In This Issue
Domestic Programs Could be Cut
In February the White House issued a list of potential domestic programs that could be cut including the National Endowment for the Arts and the Americorps program. Read on to learn what that could mean in Idaho:
Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB)
National Endowment of the Arts
“The National Endowment for the Arts is an independent federal agency that funds, promotes, and strengthens the creative capacity of our communities by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation”
Although the White House has not confirmed the report, there is talk of funding being cut for the National Endowment of the Arts and Humanities.
Most of the programs intended to be cut by the Trump Administration cost less than $500 million annually. While government spending has gone up to $4 trillion this year. Learn more about these program cuts here.
Legal Services Corporation
“The vast majority of low-income people have legal civil needs every year. They range from housing problems (such as wrongful eviction or substandard living conditions) to family disputes over child support and child custody to consumer scams. People also need help filing insurance claims after natural disasters or applying for federal lifeline benefits.” - Jim Sandman, LSC President
Learn more here.
USAID Budget Allocations
Currently, nothing official has come from the Trump Administration regarding these cuts, meanwhile the White House issued a list of potential targets in February in an article published in the NY Times.
The Idaho Nonprofit Center will continue to track and report on any changes to these issues in future Legislative Watch newsletters.
Recap on Johnson Amendment
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Cap on Charitable Deductions Update
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Your Voice Matters
In the last Legislative Watch newsletter, the Idaho Nonprofit Center sent out a survey to understand where members stood on important issues affecting the nonprofit sector. Members provided feedback on the repeal of the Johnson Amendment and the Charitable Cap Deduction. Here is where I community stands:
Cap of Charitable Deductions:
Nonprofit Call to Action
The National Council of Nonprofits has taken a strong stance in support of nonprofit nonpartisanship.
Where they stand: “The National Council of Nonprofits has long held that the public’s overall trust in the sector would diminish and thus limit the effectiveness of the nonprofit community if individual 501(c)(3) organizations came to be regarded as Democratic charities or Republican charities instead of the nonpartisan problem solvers that they are.”
The National Council of Nonprofits has dedicated links within their website to this cause where they explain the status, relevancy, and background of protecting nonprofit nonpartisanship. Find more about that here.
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Legislative Watch is written by Brooke Damico, a public policy student at Boise State University.
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