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Bob Buckhorn calls Donald Trump’s proposed budget ‘reckless’ for American cities

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Add Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn to the list of Democrats taking issue with President Donald Trump’s proposed federal budget.

“President Trump’s proposed budget is not only unrealistic it’s reckless for America’s cities,” Buckhorn says in a statement issued Thursday afternoon. “As someone who campaigned on investing in infrastructure, this proposed budget does just the opposite. Not only does it make no mention of tax-exempt bonds and local deductibility for cities, it guts funding for housing programs and cuts and sometimes eliminates funds for infrastructure and transit needed for America’s cities to thrive.”

Buckhorn noted that Tampa was “a city whose Riverwalk was partially funded by Tiger Grants, whose Encore housing was developed with Choice Neighborhood grants, and who relies on the National Endowment of the Arts grants to beautify neighborhoods and create cultural experiences.”

On Thursday, the U.S. Conference of Mayors said the proposal would “severely hurt” many residents in cities of all sizes, towns, and suburban and rural areas.

In New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio said his city would suffer huge cuts to a wide array of services and capital funding, jeopardizing everything from housing inspections and senior services to transit projects and counterterrorism efforts under Trump’s budget.

In San Francisco, Mayor Ed Lee said he was “deeply troubled” by the Trump budget, asking Congress to “fight against a budget that does not support American families.”

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at

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