Under the Republican budget plan, Queens would lose millions of dollars in funding for cops, education, transportation, infrastructure, and health and human services. Pell Grants for low income Queens students, for instance, would be cut by $57 million, eliminating a vital lifeline for the over 168,000 college students in the borough.
The proposal also calls for eliminating $20 million in funding for essential rail and bus infrastructure and security MTA projects in Queens. With the MTA already facing a widespread deficit and reducing service to residents, including shutting down the Q74 bus line, the only direct mode of transportation for Queens College students to Kew Gardens Hills, these cuts would come to services already cut to the bone.
A study by Rep. Weiner's office found the following cuts would impact Queens if the Republican budget proposal passes:
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