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Congressmember Salud Carbajal, Mayor Helene Schneider, and a bevy of representatives from Santa Barbara housing, career, and social service organizations descended on Ortega Park Monday afternoon to join cities across the country in denouncing President Donald Trump’s “skinny budget” proposal to fully eliminate the $3 billion Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program in favor of more national security spending. For the City of Santa Barbara, that would mean a loss of $834,376 in grants next year.
The Trump administration’s policies on issues such as climate change and immigration have received considerable push-back from local and state groups, but there’s one White House proposal flying relatively under the radar that has many local nonprofits worried.
Rep. Salud Carbajal, D-Santa Barbara, recognized Equal Pay Day on Tuesday and co-sponsored the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation that would strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and guarantee women can challenge pay discrimination.
Equal Pay Day symbolizes the date when women's wages finally catch up to what men were paid in the previous year.