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Trump Budget Eliminates Appalachian Regional Commission - What Is The ARC?

Areas the ARC serves

Among the many federal programs and agencies President Donald Trump is proposing to eliminate in his budget plan is the Appalachian Regional Commission.  The agency serves parts of 13 states, including Western North Carolina.  President John F. Kennedy first proposed the ARC, though it was not officially created until after his death.  Smoky Mountain News reporter Corey Vaillancourt stopped by BPR News studios to discuss the history, reach, and impact of the Appalachian Regional Commission - and the likelihood the president's push to eliminate it will come true.