On March 23, the National Association of Counties (NACo) released a comprehensive analysis of the recently-passed $1.3 trillion FY 2018 spending bill. President Trump signed the 2,232-page package into law on Friday, March 23, averting a government shutdown and setting federal spending levels through September 30, 2018.
The FY 2018 Omnibus spending package features several significant victories for county governments, as many long-standing NACo priorities received substantial, and in some cases unprecedented, funding increases in the expansive appropriations package. Major wins for counties in the 2018 omnibus legislation include:
- Secure Rural Schools: Reauthorized for FY 2017 and FY 2018
- Payments in Lieu of Taxes: Fully funded at $530 million, an historic level, for FY 2018
- Infrastructure investments: $10 billion in new funding for infrastructure programs
- Opioid crisis: $2 billion increase in overall support to fight the opioid epidemic
- Disaster relief: Billions in new funding to support disaster preparedness and recovery
- Election security: $380 million for election security upgrades
Congressional appropriators are already working on FY 2019 spending levels, which must be set and passed before the current fiscal year ends on September 30, 2018. In February, President Trump released his FY 2019 budget request, outlining the administration’s federal spending priorities.
NACo will continue working with congressional appropriators to ensure county priorities are supported in FY 2019 spending levels.
Click here to read NACo’s full analysis of the omnibus package.
Click here to view a video of NACo Executive Director Matthew Chase outlining omnibus highlights for counties.
Click here to read NACo’s analysis on the president’s FY 2019 Budget Request.