Critical Water and Waste Water Investments that Benefit Families in St. Clair, Cass, and Bates Counties are at Risk
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Democratic Party today released local figures detailing exactly how President Trump’s proposed federal budget would hurt Mid-Missouri families and businesses in Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler’s 4th Congressional District.
Among a wide array of harmful cuts to programs for seniors, veterans and rural economic development, Trump’s budget proposal would eliminate nearly $500 million from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that is used to fund water and waste water projects. In 2016 and 2015, those resources boosted critical water infrastructure in Mid-Missouri through local loans and grants, including:
- $3.2 million loan and $1.8 million grant to improve water systems in Osceloa, St. Clair County
- $1.5 million loan and $500,000 grant to upgrade water system reliability in Cass and Bates Counties
- $650,000 loan and $600,000 grant to improve the water system in Creighton, Cass County
Overall, USDA provided a total of nearly $50 million in federal loans and grants that went toward over 30 water and waste water projects throughout the entire state in 2016. That year, 65% of water and waste water investments from USDA focused on Missouri drinking water projects. In 2015, USDA provided a total of over $60 million for 40 water and waste water projects. That year, almost 70% of water and waste water investments from USDA focused on Missouri drinking water projects.
“It looks from his budget, that Donald Trump’s campaign promises to protect rural America are worth about as much as his promise to repeal Obamacare,” stated Missouri Democratic Party Chair Stephen Webber. “We need Representatives that are going to stand up for our state from Donald Trump’s reckless budget that puts the health and safety of Mid-Missouri at risk. Will GOP officeholders like Vicky Hartzler side with Missourians? Or will she run and hide as critical resources for protecting and upgrading our rural water systems are slashed?”
- In 2016, The United State Department of Agriculture funded nearly $50 million in federal loans and grants for over 30 water and waste water projects in Missouri. In 2015, USDA invested over $60 million in federal loans and grants for 40 water and waste water projects in Missouri. (USDA 2016 & USDA 2015)
- In 2016, 65% of water and waste water investments from the USDA in Missouri were focused on drinking water projects. In 2015, that figure was nearly 70%. (USDA 2016 & USDA 2015)
- President Trump’s proposed budget “eliminates $498 million in funding for rural water systems.” (Center for American Progress)