Rep. Long Praises Office of Management and Budget Metropolitan Statistical Area Decision
Washington, July 15, 2021
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has decided to no longer pursue its plan to redefine what constitutes a “metropolitan statistical area” (MSA). Currently, an MSA is considered a city with a population of over 50,000. The proposed change would have seen this minimum threshold increase to 100,000.
“It is great news that OMB has decided not to move forward with their plan to increase the threshold to qualify as an MSA,” said Congressman Long. “The proposed increase would have resulted in 144 cities losing their MSA designation, including Joplin, causing them to miss out on critical federal funding that is set aside for MSAs. I was proud to work with Governor Parson and many of my colleagues to emphasize the impact this change would have had in a letter sent to OMB in June.”
The proposed changes would have resulted in Joplin, Jefferson City, St. Joseph, and Cape Girardeau losing their MSA designation. The abandonment of this proposed change ensures that these and the 140 other cities across the nation that would have been impacted will not lose federal funding they rely on to provide essential services to their communities.