CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A group of city leaders from across the country spoke out Tuesday in Cleveland about what the president's proposed federal budget cuts could mean to cities on a local level.
Cleveland City Council member Matt Zone is the president of the National League of Cities. He spoke to media on Tuesday with the mayors of Gary, Ind. and Little Rock, Ark. Zone said city leaders are trying to emphasize that federal dollars fund local projects and amenities, so cuts on a federal level mean local cuts.
"When you shift $54 billion out of domestic spending, that we've all been accustomed to, it's gong to have a ripple effect," said Zone.
The president's proposed budget increases military and defense spending, by cutting other federal programs and services.
"What this really is, I think in theory, is a transference of obligations that the Federal government had traditionally done and putting the burden on local government," said Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola. "It is not really an issue of conservative or liberal or Republican or Democrat -- it's whether or not we are hurting those who need the help the most."
Federal funding is also used for things like job training, education, heating, and rental assistance programs.
"When we start taking about libraries, fire stations and communities, affordable housing for people who can't afford it -- that's a face on an issue and that affects cities," said Clarence Anthony, the executive director of the National League of Cities.
Zone said there's a reason for government.
"We are all for streamlining government, but there's a reason that you have government is to make sure that people are protected," said Zone. "We all need to work together, and we are leading on so many fronts, cities, but (it's difficult) when you have a federal government that's pulling out."
The mayors stressed that they are not partisan about these issues, saying they pushed back against cuts that would have affected cities from the Obama administration as well.
Cleveland 19 reached out to each of the congress members who represent Northeast Ohio to see if they had any comment on the president's proposed budget cuts and the concerns of the National League of Cities.
Representative Marcy Kaptur (D-OH 9):
Representative Tim Ryan (D-OH 13)
Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) released the following comments on the proposed budget:
Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-OH 11) has released the following comments about the proposed budget:
Republican Senator Rob Portman, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH4), Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH7), Rep. Jim Renacci (R-OH16) and Rep David Joyce (R-OH14) did not provide Cleveland 19 with a comment or statement.
For more information: NLC.org/fightthecuts