Federal Government Decision Means Small Towns Like Grand Island Won’t Lose Status and Funding | Regional government
Senators John Thune, a Republican from South Dakota, and Mark Kelly, a Democrat from Arizona, introduced legislation in June that would have prevented the Office of Budget and Management, also known as the OMB, to make this change.
“The fact that the OMB will not pursue change at this time will ensure that essential community services, funded by various federal agencies that take into account population size and MSA status, will continue for the foreseeable future,” he said. said Bismarck Mayor Steve Bakken. “We are very grateful that the current threshold remains in place at 50,000 people.”
Federal statisticians who originally recommended the change said it was long overdue, given that America’s population has more than doubled since the threshold of 50,000 people was introduced in 1950. At the time, about half US residents lived in subways; now 86% do.
The committee of federal statisticians that made the recommendation said Tuesday that it would now support its suspension pending further research and outreach to municipalities and others.
Updates to these standards are planned every ten years. Even though the proposal was made under the Trump administration and put on hold under the Biden administration, statisticians say any change in standards is not based on policy.
Of the 734 public comments the Bureau of Budget and Management received about the proposed change, 97% opposed it, the agency said in a notice of its decision on Tuesday.