Strengthening America's Communities Initiative: Weakening Rural Communities

The major economic and community development policy initiative in the President’s FY2006 budget is the Strengthening America’s Communities Initiative (SACI). The SACI proposal would eliminate 18 economic and community programs and consolidate their activities into the new SACI program. The President’s proposal also would also cut funding from $5.6 billion for the 18 programs to $3.7 billion for SACI, 65 percent of the current funding for the programs targeted for elimination and consolidation.

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