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Deborah Cannada, Librarian - West Side Elementary School, Charleston, WV.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka made the following statement regarding President Donald Trump’s proposed budget:
“Working people in states like Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin didn’t vote for a budget that slashes workforce training and fails to invest in our nation’s infrastructure. President Trump’s proposed budget attempts to balance the budget on the backs of working families. The $54 billion cut to programs that benefit working families is dangerous and destructive. Huge cuts to the departments of Labor, Education and Transportation will make workplaces less safe, put more children at risk and make improving our failing infrastructure much more difficult. The administration can and should do better.”
The budget abandons the future—slashing investments in workers, communities, young people, protecting our environment and building democracy. There are major cuts in job training, education, health programs, the environment, the arts and foreign aid. Research programs in science and medicine are slashed. Sixty-two government programs/agencies are slated for elimination.
Here are some key highlights:
Department of Labor: Overall cut $2.5 billion (-20.7%)
The budget makes it harder for workers to get the training they need in order to advance in their industry and to compete globally.
Department of Health and Human Services: Overall cut $12.6 billion (-16.2%)
People suffering from terminal diseases will be affected by lack of new medicines, and low-income workers will not receive assistance to heat their homes during the cold months of winter.
Department of Education: Overall cut $9.2 billion (-13.5%)
This budget would destroy public schools and eliminate much-needed training for teachers. It also makes it harder for young people to go to college.
Department of State: Overall cut $10.9 billion (-28.7%)
The budget would harm workers around the world who are standing up to multinational corporations and repressive governments that restrict workers’ rights and lower wages.
Department of Treasury: Overall cut of $0.5 billion (-4.4%)
These cuts allow the super-wealthy and corporations to get away with not paying taxes and allow big banks to crush small community banks.
Department of Transportation: Overall cut $2.4 billion (-12.7%)
This will mean less investment in railroads and airlines at a time when our nation has an infrastructure deficit of over $4 trillion.
Commerce: Overall cut $1.5 billion (-15.7%)
This will mean more resources to enforce our nation’s trade laws. Our current trade policy has put corporations ahead of workers—resulting in jobs shipped overseas and lower wages.
Environmental Protection Agency: Overall cut $2.6 billion (-31.4%)
These cuts will make our drinking water less safe and our air more toxic.
Veterans Affairs: Overall increase $4.4 billion (+6.0%)
These funds provide much-needed resources for our nation’s veterans.
Selected programs proposed for elimination
The budget targets for elimination arts and music programs and legal aid for the poor. Planning a future for the communities of Appalachia and protection from hazardous chemicals are also on the chopping block.
Contact: Carolyn Bobb (202) 637-5018