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Legislative Update: Obama Administration Requests $120 Million for ARC for FY 2017

February 2016

The president’s proposed fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget, released February 9, includes $120 million for ARC’s nonhighway programs. The total request—the largest for the agency in more than three decades—includes $70 million for ARC's base program, the same amount provided for each of the past three years. The budget request also includes $50 million for the Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative to continue to provide assistance to coal-impacted communities through a regional competitive grant process. ARC received $50 million for implementation of the POWER Initiative in FY 2016.

The proposed budget provides no funding for two programs included by Congress in the FY 2016 budget: a broadband deployment program in Central Appalachia and an automotive workforce and aviation program in Southern and South Central Appalachia.

The budget highlights the strategic investment goals of ARC’s five-year strategic investment plan. It assumes no major policy changes in the Commission's base program.

Budget resources:
ARC FY 2017 Performance Budget Justification (PDF: 1.5 MB)
ARC FY 2017 Budget Summary (PDF: 28 KB)