NMMA details effects of Trump’s proposed budget on boating

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President Donald Trump released his proposed budget for fiscal 2018, which would eliminate the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and drastically cut Environmental Protection Agency funding, a move that the National Marine Manufacturers Association opposes.

The budget, essentially a wish list, proposes a 31 percent cut in EPA funding, dropping the agency to $5.6 billion from $8.2 billion in 2017. Adjusted for inflation, that would represent the nation’s lowest funding for the agency since the mid-1970s.

The Associated Press reported that it would result in the elimination of 3,800 jobs while imposing drastic cuts to clean air and water programs.

“While we recognize the need for fiscal restraint in these challenging times, it is also our priority to make certain the cuts proposed do not put the federal government’s ability to protect our nation’s water ecosystem at great risk and U.S. manufacturers are able to remain competitive in the global marketplace,” NMMA federal and legal affairs vice president Nicole Vasilaros in a statement.

Proposed Department of Commerce cuts would result in the National Sea Grant College Program, Coastal Zone Management Program and Coastal Salmon Recovery Program shutting down.

The budget request includes $845 million for the National Marine Fisheries Service, a decrease of more than $107 million. The agency provides programs for the management and conservation of living marine resources, including fish stocks, marine mammals and endangered species and their habitats in the United States Exclusive Economic Zone.

“Boaters and industry businesses alike make significant contributions to the U.S. economy, generating billions in consumer spending and supporting more than 650,000 jobs,” Vasilaros said. “We must continue investing in our federal lands and waters to maintain public access, enjoyment and the necessary conservation of our nation’s treasured resources. We look forward to working with Congress to address the industry’s concerns and priorities to the benefit of the nation’s economy.”

The budget would fund the Department of Interior at $11.7 billion, about $1 billion below current levels, and prioritizes the infrastructure of public lands by increasing funding for national parks to address their deferred maintenance backlog.

It also decreases the Fish and Wildlife Service by $202.9 million to $2.8 billion; and decreases the National Park Service funding to $2.6 billion, a reduction of $296.6 million.

The NMMA said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would receive $5 billion, a 16 percent cut. Of the proposed funding, $1.02 billion would be allocated to the Corps of Engineeers’ construction account, which would be a 50 percent cut from fiscal 2017.

The investigations account would receive a nearly 29 percent cut, which could limit the ability of the Corps of Engineers to start the process of beginning new water resources projects, the NMMA said.

All revenue collected through the Inland Waterways Trust Fund would be used by the budget. The request also includes $75 million for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan and $131 million for ecosystem restoration work in South Florida.

The majority of cuts made to the International Trade Administration would be in the Global Markets division, which is dedicated to promoting American exports around the globe. It would receive $293 million, compared with $336 million in 2017.

The State Trade Expansion Program is under the purview of the Small Business Administration and helps small businesses tap global markets and expand exports. Funding there would drop from $18 million to $10 million.

The proposed budget also includes $200 billion for infrastructure projects over 10 years, with the goal of creating $1 trillion in infrastructure investments met through some federal funding but also incentivized non-federal funding, as seen with public-private partnerships.

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25 comments on “NMMA details effects of Trump’s proposed budget on boating

  1. AnonymousBob

    Wow! You’d think the uneducated Trump voters would have understood that elections have consequences. Oh, wait, I forgot, Trump voters think being deplorable is a badge of honor. Why would I think they know how to critically think about things?? The stupid, it hurts!!

  2. Michael

    For those of you in the Marine Industry who had any illusions about
    Donald Trump and the “brilliant people” he has appointed to his Cabinet
    will improve the economy or the environment I hope this NMMA article enlightens you. If he remains in office he will set us back economically
    and environmentally for years to come.

  3. Tom33455

    Your ignorance and political bias are showing…. you’re reaction is pathetic. A typical mindless trump hater. So eager to find a “gotcha” and a soap box. You’re wound up over a budget 1st draft…. a starting point for negotiations. Wise up. If you still disagree with something express that disagreement with an intelligent and meaningful rebuttal instead of name calling. In the meantime try being part of the solution instead of the problem. Oh wait, I forgot…. only those who agree with your position are capable of critical thinking. Grow up!

  4. pete atkin

    My ‘Dear’ NMMA: Do you gentlemen and ladies ever think about or even realize the percentagcare of the “problems”e of our population who today can still afford to purchase a $10, 20, 30, 40,000 boat ?? Well, as a reasonably successful Marina owner I can tell you that it’s Down down down even with our better economy – thanks to our local, state, and Federal governments’ spend spend spend propensity. So plese stop the whining; the cuts that you are bemoaning are meaningless – still plenty to take care og the “problems” if the funds are administered properly.

  5. Timm

    Maybe those of us who use the marine resources should accept that there just isn’t enough money to go around any longer. We may have to accept some voluntary user fees for parks and to maintain our marine resources. Instead of whining about cuts, maybe we should look for a free market solution and cut the government out. Somehow we have to pay down the huge debt, that means something is going to be cut. Social Security, Medicare and defense are off the table, what’s left?

  6. Ken Lamain

    Typical. Everyone wants budget and cost cuts – to someone else’s pie. If you are trying to tell me that EVERY federal agency can’t take a cut in funding just stop. Do you really think the local port cities will just throw in the towel and let things slide. How about some good old fashioned business sense. Try to actually succeed on less. Meet a cost goal and a budget.

  7. CaptA

    Pete Atkin,

    Govt is not the problem; Our lack of middle-class wealth growth is the problem and is not caused by Govt regulations. The fundamental nature of our economy is changing and technology is making unskilled labor completely obsolete. Technology will also render many skill professions (i.e. engineering, medicine) mostly obsolete. Blaming the Govt is a complete cop out. I will say the coporate welfare the Govt gives to corporations and the favorable tax treatment to people making more than $300,00/year does hurt the middle class.

  8. CaptA

    Furthermore,

    People will stop buying your products of the water is too dirty to enjoy.

  9. Terry R. Garland

    I happen to own a marine business in SW Florida and I don’t like the ideal of cuts to the boating industry. But come on folks the country is in a mess due to pathetic leaders like the Obama administration. It is time as all Americans that we accept to bring our country back and quit taking it down. We have wasted money every where that we possibly can and if you want America to succeed then this is necessary. The Military when Obama left was the weakest and under funded in the last 100 years, but the EPA the strongest ever. 10’s of 1000’s of coal miners lost their jobs so we could fund green energy which could not even make a profit after they received government funding, give me a break. So to people like Bob, you and your party had your chance and screwed the country. So sit down, shut the hell up and let Trump have a chance. The foolish people of your democrat party have run out of chances. I’ll gladly take my chance on him………… Get over it, its time for a new sheriff.

  10. Lou in Texas

    Is this the same EPA you now support who created the E85 gas and ruined marine engines?

  11. Jess Gregory

    Even China is waking up to the fact that a crap environment is bad for business and their people. Happy to pay taxes for clean water and air. Trees are not Republican or Democrat, but the oxygen they make is pretty useful, and our wetlands spawn the seafood we love, so makes sense to preserve these things. Sorry, but coal miners need to train for new economy. I don’t mow my lawn with a push mower, or send messages by fax machine, or watch black and white TV. Time to move on, embrace the future, follow logic not ideology.

  12. Terry R. Garland

    Well Jess I like clean air and water as well, and I don’t see the pollution that you tree huggers are referring too as well. But I can say that in case you have been under a rock for the last 5 months that Trump is putting the miners back to work and they don’t have to retrain for a “new” economy. And as for myself I prefer to keep as much as I can of my taxes, and keep the government small, and keep their nose out of my business. and it appears to me that at least 51% of the rest of Americans feel the same. I do mow my lawn with a push mower and thank you it does the job just as well as your rechargeable one and the best part is, if it breaks I have the skill to repair it, so maybe your thoughts on the issue is more inline with the last bunch of liberals who are now screaming for someone to listen to them. Funny the Senate, the house, and the President is all conservative now…. hmmm what does that say???

  13. AnonymousBob

    Terry Garland:

    Your “I don’t see the pollution” statement makes the exact case for the existence of the EPA! Thanks for taking one for the team, there!

    Your first post is laughable! Stick to your marine business, because you surely don’t know what you’re talking about regarding politics. It’s #MAGA morons like you that are why the Marine industry is stuck in time. Go huff some more paint!

  14. Terry R. Garland

    You know Bob, its really hard to take anything of any value from anybody that is too cowardly to even admit who they are (AnonymousBob) it should be annoying Bob. But putting that aside do you even own a boat? Much less work or sale them. You are proof why the liberals are such losers. I see your posts all the time here and all you do is complain. I’m yet to see anything of any value from you and as taking one for the team, hey I did take one and helped put Trump in office. You are indeed the Moron. Go back and watch some Hillary reruns!!!

  15. David Taylor

    The NMMA management needs to listen to the people that they are representing and are paying them. It is apparent from reading the comments that the majority of the members do not agree with the statements the NMMA is putting out. The US budget needs to be cut! As a nation we cannot continue to spend money that we don’t have. I have been in this business since 1972 and have experienced several ups and downs. When people are working and have confidence in the US economy they purchase our products. A large portion of our customers are small business owners. We need them back in play.

  16. CaptA

    Lou In Texas–EPA did not voluntarily create the E85 rule. If you took the time to read the history of the rule, it was written and passed by representatives in States where corn is grown–ALL OF THEM RED CONSERVATIVE STATES!!!! The law was then passed by a Republican majority House and Senate. Your blaming Obama for a veto-proof bill created by the Republican-controlled Congress is at best naïve, and at worst lying. Second even your implied statement was true (which it isn’t), are you suggesting throwing the baby out with the bath water? May he who hath not sinned cast the first stone.

    Terry Garland–Coal miners are not getting their jobs back–period. The owners of the coal mines have states so publically as recently as 3 weeks ago. Coal miners have lost, and will continue to lose their jobs because of three reasons:

    1) Coal costs 15%-20% less than natural gas per British Thermal Unit (Heating Value)

    2) Demand from China has dropped off a cliff because China has opened up their own coal mines and most of their new electric generating stations are using gas as fuel; and

    3) Technology is replacing the coal miner. Let’s face it, coal mining is dangerous. Robots are now mining coal. Robots are expendable–human lives are not expendable; Also the coal companies do not have to pay robots salaries, health care costs, or have to worry about them being sick or suing them if something goes wrong.

    So stop blaming Obama and whatever govt officials you want to blame–blame economics and technology.

    Coal miners need to be retrained to do something else.

  17. CaptA

    Lou In Texas–EPA did not voluntarily create the E85 rule. If you took the time to read the history of the rule, it was written and passed by representatives in States where corn is grown–ALL OF THEM RED CONSERVATIVE STATES!!!! The law was then passed by a Republican majority House and Senate. Your blaming Obama for a veto-proof bill created by the Republican-controlled Congress is at best naïve, and at worst lying. Second even if your implied statement was true (which it isn’t), are you suggesting throwing the baby out with the bath water? May he who hath not sinned cast the first stone.

    Terry Garland–Coal miners are not getting their jobs back–period. In fact they have stated unequivocally there will be a continuos net loss of coal jobs over the next 30 years. The owners of the coal mines have stated this information publically as recently as 3 weeks ago. Google it if you don’t believe me. Coal miners have lost, and will continue to lose their jobs because of three reasons:

    1) Coal costs 15%-20% less than natural gas per British Thermal Unit (Heating Value)

    2) Demand from China has dropped off a cliff because China has opened up their own coal mines and most of their new electric generating stations are using gas as fuel; and

    3) Technology is replacing the coal miner. Let’s face it, coal mining is dangerous. Robots are now mining coal. Robots are expendable–human lives are not expendable; Also the coal companies do not have to pay robots salaries, health care costs, or have to worry about them being sick or suing them if something goes wrong.

    So stop blaming Obama and whatever govt officials you want to blame–blame economics and technology.

    Coal miners need to be retrained to do something else.

  18. Roy Layton

    Hello Marine Industry,
    I voted for Trump and if you missed it in the news, we are $20 TRILLION in debt. I want our industry to grow and we can not have great growth when our leaders in Washington over spend, put your hanky down and get on the smaller Government boat.

    Roy Layton

  19. RedBW

    I have retrained for a new career 3 times, to keep food on the table and a roof over my head. In my last case, I had to move 1,000 miles and I was 58 years old and a widow. There were no handouts for me so I had to move. Many of my former co-workers had to do the same thing.

    We do need to get rid of the coal mines. This is not 1940.

    Coal miners can be retrained. And if they have to move out of Appalachia, well, that is the way it goes. They wouldn’t be the first ones to have to have to be retrained for a new line of work and have to move somewhere else to get a job. They will find a way if they want to. They must be getting handouts from somewhere or they would not stay there in the coal hills. I don’t feel sorry for them.

    What will they do when Trump cuts off their black lung payments? There are a lot of former coal miners who are on disability with families on Medicaid the very thing Trump is cutting the funding to states for.

    Trump’s cuts are going to hurt those who voted for him far more than the folks who didn’t vote for him.

  20. CaptA

    Correction to a post I submitted last month: Natural gas is 15-20% the cost of coal per British Thermal Unit (Heating Value)

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