Members of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce recently expressed their concerns over agricultural cuts proposed in President Donald Trump’s fiscal year budget for 2018, which include a $28 billion reduction in crop insurance expenditures over the next decade.
The Chamber has sent letters to Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz and Rep. Jodey Arrington expressing their concerns over the proposed cuts in the Trump budget.
“These cuts would be detrimental to the thousands of family farmers in the Lubbock area,” Chamber President and CEO Eddie McBride said in a statement. “The Chamber is well aware of the economic challenges agriculture and allied industries in this area face, which will soon translate to challenges for the many and diverse job creators the Chamber represents as well as for area rural communities.”
According to the Chamber, the proposed cuts would be the steepest in any federal government area except for the EPA.
“Agriculture is the industry that founded the growth of Lubbock, and continues to drive economic growth in the region to this day, but this issue extends far beyond Lubbock and West Texas,” the Chamber posted on an action alert for its website.
The Chamber encourages members to “take action” by contacting lawmakers to explain the effects the cuts would have across producers across rural America.