On Tuesday, Massachusetts voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot question initiated by AFSC in coalition with dozens of other groups: the Budget for All.
The Budget for All calls for the prevention of cuts to social programs; investment in jobs that strengthen the U.S. economy; an end to corporate tax loopholes and the Bush tax cuts for high incomes; and reduction of military spending.
We are encouraged, proud, and re-energized by this show of popular support for a change in federal budget priorities!
Use this guide to talk about issues specific to the post-election lame duck session of Congress. This is a crucial opportunity to focus pressure on changing federal budget priorities given the impending sequestration.
In New Hampshire’s largest city, school started this fall with 150 fewer teachers and classrooms so crowded some classes had four students sitting at the teacher’s desk. Linda, a student at the city’s biggest high school, told her after-school youth group, “In my math class there are 41 kids. It’s very loud because everyone is having side conversations.” It’s pretty hard to get an education in an environment like that.
The federal budget crisis is not a deficit crisis, but a crisis of priorities.
Choosing to continue enormous tax breaks for the millionaires and spending 60 percent of public discretionary dollars on the Pentagon makes no sense, as millions struggle to find work and to feed and house their families.
It's time to give thanks. Yesterday, the congressional Super Committee actually gave us another reason to be thankful when it announced that the members were unable to agree on a plan to make $1.2 trillion in deficit reductions over the next 10 years.
This is a testament to the grassroots voices – including yours – from around the country that made it clear that any deal should reflect the priorities and values of “the 99%.” In this case, no deal was definitely better than a bad deal.
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