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The President's Budget & Idaho

The President’s Budget funds America’s priorities, provides the largest debt reduction in history and provides fair and responsible tax relief. In Idaho, the budget:

Benefits more than 94,000 Idaho small businesses and entrepreneurs by reducing marginal tax rates and making the Research & Development tax credit permanent.

Provides tax relief for roughly 405,000 Idaho citizens who pay taxes.

Provides relief for an estimated 263,000 Idaho married couples by reducing the Marriage Penalty.

Provides relief for an estimated 125,000 Idaho families by doubling the Child Tax Credit.

Increases Idaho’s education funding over current levels to more than $185 million to give local schools more tools to ensure that no child is left behind.

Increases Idaho’s Head Start funding over current levels to more than $20.5 million to better prepare Idaho’s children for success in school.

Increases funding to more than $70 million in housing assistance and services for low-income Idaho citizens.

Provides more than $42 million in funding for water resource projects along Idaho’s rivers and waterways.

Provides roughly $22 million to fund Idaho’s environmental protection efforts.

Provides more than $ 5.8 million to help conserve Idaho’s natural resources – a 566% increase over current levels just for Idaho.

Provides an estimated $220 million in highway funding for Idaho.

Provides $391 million for programs and grants to help local fire departments and emergency services in Idaho and all across America with training, equipment, and fire fighting and lifesaving efforts.

Provides a $5.6 billion National Emergency Reserve to aid Idaho and other states nationwide struck by disasters.

Increases Idaho’s funding over current levels to more than $2.6 million to help more Idaho children awaiting adoption find loving homes faster.

The President’s Budget Funds Important Priorities for Idaho:

Improving Education. Provides the Education Department with the largest percentage spending increase of any federal department (11.5% or $4.6 billion) and triples funding for children’s reading programs.

Protecting Social Security. Locks away every penny of the $2.6 trillion Social Security surplus for Social Security.

Preserving Medicare. Spends every dime of Medicare receipts over the next 10 years only for Medicare, increases funding over the next year by $21 billion, and modernizes Medicare with an integrated prescription drug benefit.

Strengthening Defense. Improves quality of life of our troops and their families and begins the transition to a 21st century force.

Improving Healthcare. Doubles funding for NIH medical research on important health issues like cancer, the largest funding increase in NIH history. Creates more than 1,200 new community health centers nationwide to make health care more accessible.

Protecting the Environment. Fully funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund – a $900 million commitment, with more than $5.8 million targeted for Idaho’s conservation efforts; gives the EPA the second highest operating budget ever -- $3.7 billion, with an estimated $22 million targeted for Idaho’s environmental efforts; and increases funding for the EPA $56 million above the amount requested by President Clinton.

Idaho Will Benefit from the President’s Historic Debt Reduction:

The President’s Budget provides the fastest, largest debt reduction in history and reduces the debt to its lowest share of the economy since World War I, which will benefit Idaho citizens in many important ways.

Fair and Responsible Tax Relief for all Idaho Taxpayers:

Provides the typical family of four in Idaho paying income taxes $1,600 in tax relief.

An estimated 405,000 Idaho taxpayers stand to benefit by the new, lowered rate structure.

An estimated 94,000 Idaho small businesses and entrepreneurs stand to benefit from the tax cut.

1 in 5 taxpaying families with children will no longer pay any income tax at all – completely removing 6 million American families from the tax rolls.

A family of four in Idaho making $35,000 a year will receive a 100% federal income tax cut.

A family of four in Idaho making $50,000 a year will receive a 50% tax cut – receiving at least $1,600.

A family of four in Idaho making $75,000 a year will receive a 25% tax cut.

The marginal income tax rate on low-income families will fall by more than 40%.

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