It’s only July, but U.S. workplace safety is already being targeted for spending cuts next year.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSH) would also take hits. NIOSH would either get $329.1 million (in the House version) or $334.1 million (per the Senate appropriations committee’s proposal) – both amounts less than the agency’s 2016 budget of $339.1. More than $25 million would but cut from MSHA's $375.9 budget – a reflection, the lawmakers say, of decreased mining activity in the U.S.
The House bill specifies $102 million and the Senate $100.9 million for state plan enforcement.