Montana AmeriCorps Frightened Over Budget Cuts
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A group that works to support the public's access to AmeriCorps is worried about the effect proposed budget cuts at the national level with have on the service program's work in Montana.
The Missoulian reports that the U.S. House appropriations subcommittee recently put forth legislation that would cut funding to the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees AmeriCorps, Senior Corps and AmeriCorps VISTA, from $1.05 billion to $687.8 million.
ServiceNation Montana state director Heather Margolis says the proposed budget cut could eliminate half of the 75,000 AmeriCorps positions that are accepted each year.
She says in the 2013-14 period, Montana had 6,000 national service members who worked in schools, nonprofit organizations and other local agencies. This year, Montana was the No. 1 state per-capita in AmeriCorps members.