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  • California Budget Proposal Threatens Base Redevelopment

    Base closure communities in California have joined together with ADC to reverse a proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown (D) that would eliminate the ability of redevelopment agencies to take advantage of tax increment financing to revitalize former military installations. Funding raised via tax increment financing that currently is allotted to redevelopment agencies in the state would be reallocated to other public services such as public safety and education under the governor’s proposal. Brown’s plan would shift about $1.7 billion to other programs. Abolishing redevelopment agencies is one element of the governor’s strategy to balance the state’s budget by cutting $12.5 billion in spending in the coming fiscal year …

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  • House Plan Would Leave DOD’s 2011 Budget Largely Intact

    Defense spending would rise by $9.6 billion in the current fiscal year compared to fiscal 2010, with military construction and veterans affairs spending falling by $1.9 billion, under the allocation released this week by the House Budget Committee for each of the fiscal 2011 appropriations bills. Spending in both defense-related bills would drop when compared to the president’s FY 2011 request — defense by $13.2 billion and milcon and veterans affairs by $1.3 billion. The House plan would provide a total of $517.7 billion for defense spending and $74.7 billion for milcon and veterans affairs in FY 2011. Of the allocations for the 12 appropriations panels, defense is the only one that would not fall, compared to 2010, with federal-wide discretionary spending dropping on a net basis by $32 billion …

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  • Navy Expected to Hand over Federal City Property to Community

    The majority of the site the Navy is leasing to a local redevelopment agency for the Federal City project may be turned over to the community after Marine Forces Reserve moves into the headquarters the New Orleans Federal Alliance is constructing for the command. Awarding ownership of the property to the alliance’s partner, the Algiers Development District, would help the nonprofit attract private financing to carry out the master plan prepared for the Naval Support Activity New Orleans site, located on the west bank of the Mississippi River in the city’s Algiers section, said David Mize, president and CEO of the alliance. The authority for the Navy to transfer the site is included in the fiscal 2011 defense authorization bill, H.R. 6523, signed into law by President Obama on Jan. 7 …

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  • Foundation, Army Partnership Produces ‘Monument’ to Treat Amputees

    In the four years since the Center for the Intrepid (CFI) opened at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio to benefit wounded warriors suffering the loss of a limb or severe burn injuries, the world-class physical rehabilitation facility has treated an average of 140 patients a week …

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