Gettin’ the CDBGs

Wednesday’s story illustrates just how much impact federal money has in Bremerton. We’re all aware of what it means to the shipyard and to Navy employees. But the city’s renewal efforts have been fueled to a significant degree by Community Development Block Grants.

Not that CDBG doesn’t have its opponents.


Since the CDBG program is not an ongoing debate in the traditional sense, I didn’t spend a lot of time looking for opponents of the program. If those opponents care enough, they’ll begin writing to me, to the paper, to Patty Murray and anyone else who will listen.

When I was a reporter in Utah, an Orem city councilman was an outspoken critic of the CDBG program. He saw it as “not being within the purview of the federal government.”

On the dais, however, he voted in favor of the council’s decision in how to spend the money. He said at the time that he still didn’t agree with the program, but if the money was there he wanted a say in how it was spent.

That didn’t satisfy some of his supporters, who considered his actions complicity in the wrong-doing of the government.

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