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It's easy to find facilities and programs in Beaverton, Tigard, Tualatin, Sherwood and the rest of Washington County that have received funds from block grants.

When it comes to federal government programs, "pork" is in the eye of beholder.

President Donald Trump released a rough draft of his first-ever budget in March, and one of his proposals was the elimination of Community Development Block Grants, a program that dates from 1974 as part of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. (See story, Page A1.)

The grants sound so bureaucratic, so dry and uninteresting that most residents probably didn't react to the news. The program sounds like classic inside-the-Beltway governmentese. The president wants to cut CDBGs? I don't know what that is, so why not?

But the block grants are a perfect example of government done right. The grants go to cities, counties or states in order to address issues that affect low-income residents. The communities receiving the grants get to decide how they use them.



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