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FY2016 President’s Budget Proposal Overview

 

February 4, 2015

 

The President released his FY2016 Budget Proposal on February 2, 2015 marking the start of the annual federal budgeting process. While the sequester looms again in FY16, the President’s Budget (PB) calls for an end to austerity and for investments in transportation and infrastructure – including a 75 percent increase for mass transit - free community college, more generous child care subsidies and education tax credits, paid sick leave, expanded unemployment benefits, and tax credits for two-earner middle-class couples. The budget calls for increases in taxes, closing tax loopholes and calls for an end to the automatic cuts of the sequester.

 

CDC

The PB requests total program funding for CDC at $7 billion. Compared to FY 2015 Enacted levels, CDC’s budget reflects an $111 million increase in program level funding.  Within this amount, the PB calls for the elimination of the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant (currently funded at $160 million).

 

National Center for Injury Prevention and Control

The PB proposes strong new investments for injury and violence prevention through a request of $257 million ($87 million above FY 2015 enacted level).

 

Budget highlights include a number of investments above FY 2015 enacted levels including:

  • $48 million to expand prescription drug overdose prevention activities to all 50 states and Washington, D.C.
  • $12 million to expand the NVDRS system nationwide to equip states and communities with vital information to better track, understand, and address the preventable characteristics of violent deaths.
  • $5.6 million to inform and strengthen heroin overdose prevention by improving heroin-related surveillance and further investigating the relationship between prescription drug abuse and heroin use.
  • $10 million for a new initiative to support research into the causes and prevention of gun violence.
  • $5 million to begin a national concussion surveillance system to determine the incidence of sports-related concussions, including those among youth ages five to 21.
  • $5 million for evaluation of the Rape Prevention and Education program

This fact sheet details the proposed investments for the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

 

Safe States will continue to gather information regarding budgets for programs that are important to injury and violence prevention professionals and share information once available.

 

For questions, please contact Amber Williams. Additional information will be provided in our full member call on February 18.

 

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