The $1.1 trillion dollar budget proposes cutbacks at several federal agencies, like the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa said within HHS, the Community Service Block Grants or H-Cap as it’s known in Hawaii, would hit the rural areas of the state the most. “What that does is it serves all our underserved communities. For example on the big island it serves the elderly with bus services. So really it’s a major hit.”
The budget proposal is just a proposal and will be discussed amongst Congress in May for approval or rejection.