News Release: March 16, 2017

APA Opposes President Trump’s FY 2018 Federal Budget Proposal

Proposed budget fails to meet the needs of the nation’s communities.

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Planning Association's (APA) President Cynthia Bowen, AICP, released a statement today declaring that President Trump’s proposed FY 2018 federal budget fails to meet the needs of the nation's communities.

Read APA’s statement on the FY 2018 federal budget proposal.

APA strongly opposes efforts in the proposed budget to undermine local community development. Learn about APA's current legislative priorities and its infrastructure principles.

Members are encouraged to urge their local Congressional representatives to reject the elimination of the Department of Housing and Urban Development's critical programs such as the Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), HOME and Choice Neighborhoods, and reject eliminating budget support for New Starts transit funding and TIGER grants for key transportation projects.

Visit APA's Legislative Action Center to quickly contact your representatives to voice your opposition. Keep up to date on how proposed policies may impact communities through APA's policy blog.

For additional legislative updates, advocacy training and exclusive webinars, APA members may join the free Planners' Advocacy Network.

The American Planning Association is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the art, science and profession of good planning — physical, economic and social — so as to create communities that offer better choices for where and how people work and live. The nearly 37,000 members of APA help create communities of lasting value and encourage civic leaders, business interests and citizens to play a meaningful role in creating communities that enrich people's lives. APA has offices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago. For more information, visit

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Roberta Rewers, APA, 312-786-6395;