Saturday, May 13, 2017

The People's Budget

The Trump administration is trying to cut funding for the arts and social service programs at the expense of working people and communities of color. But we have a proactive solution that funds the America we want to see an America that works for all people. This budget invests in America’s infrastructure, bolsters our commitment to renewable energy and green jobs, protects and expands healthcare for millions of Americans, ensures fair elections, and does all of this and more by ending corporate tax breaks, taxing Wall Street, and reducing military spending.

Tell your representative that you support the Congressional Progressive Caucus Alternative Budget today!

We all know: when it comes to improving economic prosperity, too many hardworking Americans have been left behind. Our economic and political system has lost sight of what matters most: We the People.

Luckily, while the Trump administration’s federal budget proposes tax cuts for the rich and increased military spending at the expense of vital social service programs, working people, and communities of color, there is a progressive alternative: the Congressional Progressive Caucus’s People’s Budget: A Roadmap for the Resistance.

Now more than ever, it is critical that we have a federal budget that reflect the needs of ordinary Americans around the country, not the wealthiest one percent and corporations.

The FY 2018 Congressional Progressive Caucus Alternative Budget, The People's Budget: A Roadmap for the Resistance tackles systemic issues with comprehensive solutions, from the impact of climate change on rural communities and communities of color, to implementing criminal justice reforms, to repairing and replacing outdated infrastructure to create millions of sustainable, good paying jobs all over the country.

Among many important provisions to improve our nation, the People’s Budget will:

*Invest $2 trillion in America’s infrastructure to transition to a 21st Century economy and transform our energy, water and transportation systems

*Expand our commitment to efficient renewable energy and green jobs, including job assistance and training for those transitioning from fossil fuel to clean energy jobs

*Invest $100 billion to increase affordable access to reliable, high-speed internet

*Protect and expand affordable healthcare for millions of Americans, including support for states to transition to a single-payer healthcare system and provisions to lower prescription drug prices

*Create and promote a fair tax system that benefits working families by ending tax loopholes, corporate giveaways and tax breaks for billionaires and Wall Street and ensuring that billionaires and Wall Street pay their fair share of taxes

*End corporate tax breaks for offshoring American jobs and profits

*Tax Wall Street to fund Main Street

*Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Care Credit

*Ensure fair elections by increasing funding for voter protection and legal assistance programs and strengthening key election integrity reforms

*Advance criminal justice reform and promote safety of American communities by developing community oriented policing reforms, increasing funding to address hate crimes, and promoting policies and initiatives to significantly reduce gun violence

*Curb special interest and dark money influence in politics by ensuring public financing of campaigns

*Expand affordable housing for low-income Americans by increasing Community Development Block Grants and HOME funds to cities, allocating $32 billion for Public Housing repairs, ensuring 100% of operating needs for Public Housing, adding 400,000 new Section 8 Vouchers and fully funding the End Homelessness Act

*Reduce military spending by eliminating unneeded weapons and reducing rather than increasing the US nuclear arsenal, to fully fund badly needed social programs rather than the profit margins of giant military contractors

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