04/04/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Obama's Budget Proposal: Some Benefits For HBCU's and Haiti

President Obama's 2011 budget proposal includes 1.2 trillion dollars in budget cuts over 10 years. The White House contends the plan does not make across the board cuts, but adds money in some areas and cuts others. Within the six percent increase in education funding, there is a 98 million dollar proposal for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. White House officials contend President Obama understands the importance of HBCU's to this nation. In 2009, the Obama administration allowed increased funding allotted by then President George W. Bush to sunset at the upset of many of the countries 100 plus HBCU's.

Haitian funding is not included in the fiscal proposal as the earthquake occurred after the budget was compiled. President Obama initially pledged 100 million dollars in emergency funds. That money will grow overtime as the United States is joining world communities in financial help to rebuild the quake shattered area. At the Haitian Donors Conference slated for March in New York City, the discussions will center around commitments of just how much will be given for the country over the next ten years.