Tell Congress to Stand Up for Michigan & Oppose Disastrous Trump Budget
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On May 23rd, President Donald Trump released his budget proposal, and it is an all-out assault on people who are struggling in our state and our nation. Our colleagues at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities say that the president’s budget “contains the largest dollar cuts to programs for low- and moderate-income people proposed by any president’s budget in the modern era,” cutting these programs by an estimated $2.5 trillion over the next decade. About 59% of the president’s budget’s cuts would come from programs and services that help low- and moderate-income families in Michigan and across the country to build a better life and keep food on their table, clothes on their back and a roof over their heads.
Food assistance through the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) would be slashed by $193 billion over 10 years, targeting the elderly, working families, and workers struggling to find a job. On top of the massive cuts to Medicaid in the House-passed American Health Care Act, including the impending elimination of the Healthy Michigan Plan that currently insures 660,000 people, Medicaid would be cut by an additional $600 billion over 10 years. Possible per capita caps on Medicaid will make it even worse.
People who are struggling economically are not the only vulnerable residents who are being exploited by this budget. Disability programs would be cut by $72 billion, including Social Security Disability Insurance for workers with disabilities and their families and Supplemental Security Income which provides income assistance to individuals with low incomes, including children, with disabilities.
And the president’s budget cuts housing, job-training programs, education and countless other services that should be the bedrock of our nation and our budget priorities, not the first items on the chopping block. There are also significant cuts to Great Lakes funding, other protections for our air, land and water, and other programs that are essential to our quality of life and our way of life in Michigan.
At the same time, the president is proposing massive tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations, and using fuzzy math, unrealistic economic assumptions and accounting gimmicks to justify them. These would likely cost several trillion dollars over the coming decade.
Millions of people and kids in Michigan are either living in poverty or barely getting by. Many families have yet to feel any economic recovery and are one emergency or unexpected expense away from financial disaster. More people are working, but in lower-paying jobs, and they depend on food assistance, Medicaid and other programs to survive—programs that will be decimated under President Trump’s budget. Michigan is particularly vulnerable to President Trump’s budget cuts, as we’re the second most reliant on federal funds of any state in the nation.
Our congressional delegation must oppose this budget and any others that follow in this same direction of harming our state’s most vulnerable residents, especially our children. They need to hear from YOU and the people that these appalling cuts will hurt. Contact Congress today and tell them to oppose the Trump budget or any other proposal that includes massive cuts to the programs and services the people of Michigan need.