2006 Budget presentation to NCAI

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Published on March 5, 2008

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Slide1:  2006 National Congress of American Indians Convention Building Self-Sufficient Nations: Connecting Community & Culture Federal Budget Issues:  Federal Budget Issues Edward K. Thomas Alaska Representative to the National BIA Budget Advisory Council :  Alaska Representative to the National BIA Budget Advisory Council Tribal Representative meet with BIA officials to maintain or increase TPA funding levels :  Tribal Representative meet with BIA officials to maintain or increase TPA funding levels Co-Chair of the National Congress of American Indians Appropriations Taskforce:  Co-Chair of the National Congress of American Indians Appropriations Taskforce Tribal representatives meet with each other and government officials to address federal funding issues in all agencies:  Tribal representatives meet with each other and government officials to address federal funding issues in all agencies “Operation Iraqi Freedom”:  “Operation Iraqi Freedom” A Divided United Nations:  A Divided United Nations High Cost of Energy:  High Cost of Energy Impact on Indian Country :  Impact on Indian Country High energy costs are compounded in rural areas Program funding to Native American families is not adjusted for these costs Indirect cost funding for Tribal government operational costs are not sufficient to pay for these higher costs Slide14:  Projected deficits come from the CBO August Baseline, adjusted for extension of the Bush tax cuts and a phase-down of spending in Iraq Hurricane Katrina Will Have Little Effect on Long-Term Deficits Slide15:  Even with Katrina, Federal Spending as a Share of the Economy Is Below the 30 Year Average Slide17:  Cost of Katrina Expenditures and Administration Tax Cuts, 2005-2010 (includes cost of interest payments on the debt) Slide18:  Stagnant or Declining National Economy Dow Jones Index 1998-2003:  Dow Jones Index 1998-2003 9/30/05 S&P 500 Index 1998-2003:  S&P 500 Index 1998-2003 9/30/05 Backdrop to Federal Budget Debate:  Backdrop to Federal Budget Debate Concern over large budget deficit Interest in extending tax cuts and possibly enacting further tax cuts Administration and Congressional interest in “restraining spending” Neither the President nor Congressional leadership support raising revenue by retracting tax cuts! Slide22:  Legislation Adding to Deficits: Mostly Tax Cuts & Defense Source: CBPP calculations from Congressional Budget Office data. Reflects costs above an adjusted CBO current services baseline. Cost in 2005 of legislation enacted since January 2001 Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; last revised Feb. 3, 2005. Putting the Federal Budget in Perspective:  Putting the Federal Budget in Perspective Annual cost of the tax cuts compared with federal agency budgets Figures for agency budgets represent the annual average, 2003-2005. Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; last revised Feb. 3, 2004 Devastating Myth!:  Devastating Myth! Native Americans get a free ride from Uncle Sam just for the asking! 2000 Government Accountability Office Report & 2003 U.S. Civil Rights Commission dispel this myth GAO & CRC Reports on Federal Spending In Indian Country:  GAO & CRC Reports on Federal Spending In Indian Country CRS Report on Federal Spending In Indian Country:  CRS Report on Federal Spending In Indian Country SUPLUS USA Today Report:  USA Today Report 2003 Deficit -------- $375 Billion This yearend ------ $477 Billion Over the next 10 years the budget deficits will push public debt to $6.4 Trillion President expected to request $40 - $50 billion to rebuild Iraq later this year No deficit if no budget increases by 2014 What Would It Take to Balance the Budget While Preserving the Tax Cuts?:  What Would It Take to Balance the Budget While Preserving the Tax Cuts? To balance the budget by 2014 while making the tax cuts permanent, policy makers would have to: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; last revised Nov. 1, 2004 President’s FY 2006 BIA Budget:  President’s FY 2006 BIA Budget Tribal programs cut $108 million Education Construction: - $87 million TPA: - $9.3 million Administrative Programs increased Central Office: + $11.5 million Law Enforcement: +$17 million Office of Special Trustee 33% increase of $76 million $135 million for Historical Accounting Emphasis on Trust Management BIA 2002 to 2004:  BIA 2002 to 2004 BIA 2002 to 2006:  BIA 2002 to 2006 BIA 2002 to 2006:  BIA 2002 to 2006 BIA 2002 to 2008:  BIA 2002 to 2008 Why a Tribal Budget Strategy?:  Why a Tribal Budget Strategy? Federal income is far less than expected. The federal budget reflects the nation’s priorities. Appropriations advocacy ranks at the top of tribal strategic initiatives. The budget process has historically failed to fund the trust obligations to tribes. Why Budget Strategy (cont.):  Why Budget Strategy (cont.) Funding is critical to governance and to providing services National and international disasters and the wars place added pressure on the United States Treasury Federal appropriations are based on outdated assumptions Indian service contractors/compactors are powerless regarding increased scrutiny Tribes needed an updated and strategic message to resonate politically in today’s political climate:  Tribes needed an updated and strategic message to resonate politically in today’s political climate Tribal Budget Message Is Not Working!:  Tribal Budget Message Is Not Working! Message that the federal government has a fiduciary responsibility to tribes is ignored Comprehensive messages of tribal needs and under-funding hasn’t worked Message of inequality and discrimination, while accurate, are ineffective Message Is Not Working (cont.):  Message Is Not Working (cont.) Comprehensive reports from GAO, Harvard, and the U.S. Civil Rights Commission on the seriousness of tribal funding problems are not taken into consideration by our friends in the Administration or Congress President’s Program Performance Initiatives (PART):  President’s Program Performance Initiatives (PART) Central Office is not incorporating proper tools to improve performance scores Insufficient and incomplete data No clear strategy to include working cooperatively with tribal contractors President’s Program Performance Initiatives (cont.):  President’s Program Performance Initiatives (cont.) Insufficient funding will most likely lead to lower tribal PART scores If tribal program scores are low, will tribal programs get deeper cuts? President’s Program Performance Initiatives (cont.):  President’s Program Performance Initiatives (cont.) President’s Priority Programs have not been cut due to poor performance Some Strategies:  Some Strategies Meetings with Key Members of President’s White House staff We will not see improvements without their commitment to help us Understand that we must have assistance from Department of the Interior management in order to achieve results In a budget tightening mode of the federal government policy makers listen to Department managers ahead of the public Some Strategies (cont.):  Some Strategies (cont.) Meetings with members of Congress in the majority on Budget and Appropriators Capitalize on Constituencies e.g., Senator McCain: Arizona Tribes Senator Stevens: Alaska Tribes Congressmen Pombo & Lewis: California Tribes Congressman H. Taylor: Eastern Cherokee Cong. Conrad Burns: Montana Tribes Senator Domenici: New Mexico Tribes Comprehensive Budget Request:  Comprehensive Budget Request Consistent, unified message on tribal budget priorities Underscored tribes as governments and the success of tribal self-determination Point out disparities between funding levels of tribal programs compared to non-Native programs for the same general purpose The National Tribal Budget request should parallel the President’s budget priorities: Comprehensive Budget Request:  Comprehensive Budget Request We must convert each BIA program component into a comprehensive tribal plan We must put forth new language into the Federal Register that reflects the tribally perspective on major topics These two important goals must be accomplished quickly and not displace our priority of seeking increased funding! Budget Disparities Message:  Budget Disparities Message 20% increase in Park Services budget for the years 2000 to 2003 161% increase in BIA Central Office budget for the years 2002 to 2006 Point out disparities between funding levels of tribal programs compared to non-Native programs for the same general purpose Insist that when Congress evaluates proposed budget increases they look at other DOI budgets that have increased recently: Agency Strategy:  Agency Strategy Getting add-ons that resulted in 7.7% decrease in a 16% inflation environment is not effective Increases have gone to BIA administration and not to TPA, so whatever is in the President’s request is important Last year BIA budget official cut $100 million that was restored by congress; it is now suggested that the agency request levels are not important. I disagree! Conclusion:  Conclusion Tribal leaders must become more effective in getting the Administration to advocate our funding priorities. Our historic practice of bypassing the “President’s Men” to deal only with Congress HAS NOT WORKED! Challenge:  Challenge Tribal leaders must make increased federal funding the highest priority! Without funding our collective issues will not have a voice! Thank You For Your Kind Attention!:  Thank You For Your Kind Attention! Gunalcheesh! Howa!

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