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A Briefing on the Federal Budget
Carolyn Federoff, AFGE Local 3258 and Vice President, Mass. AFL-CIO
Doug Hall, Executive Director, National Priorities Project
Michael Kane, Executive Director Mass. Alliance of HUD Tenants
Sunday, February 22, 2015 ~ 2:00 pm
Encuentro 5, 9A Hamilton Place, Boston
(Hamilton Pl. is across Tremont St. from Park Street MBTA station)
Budget decisions made in Washington this year could have a profound impact our quality of life for years to come.
What’s going on in these tense budget discussions between the President and Congress?
How will our constituencies be impacted by these discussions?
What can we do to make sure that our priorities influence these budget decisions?
In the 2012 election, members of dozens of Massachusetts groups placed the Budget for All public policy question on the ballot in state and senate districts across the Commonwealth. Democrat, Republican and Independent voters in all 90 cities and towns where it was on the ballot voted overwhelming to send these budget priorities to Congress and the President: a) Prevent cuts to Medicaid, Social Security, housing and other vital programs; b) create and protect jobs by investing in renewable energy, manufacturing, education and public services; c) Provide Revenues for these purposes by ending tax breaks for large corporations and very high incomes and by redirecting Pentagon spending and bringing all U.S. troops home from Afghanistan now.
So now we have to figure out how to insist that new federal budgets reflect these priorities. Now is the time for social justice, climate, labor and peace folks come together, get up to speed on the developing budget debate and its likely impacts, and work together for budget priorities that reflect our values. See you on the 22nd!