Highlight and draw out the consequences of the automatic cuts, which will go into effect in January 2013 unless Congress chooses another path; and
Concludes that the Ryan’s budget would go even further, cutting so deeply into critical safety net programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and food stamps so dramatically, that over several decades the assistance that so many rely on would shrink down to almost nothing.
“This is no time for the country to turn its back on the millions of Americans whose lives were upended by the longest and deepest recession of the last 60 years” said Deborah Weinstein, executive director of the Coalition on Human Needs. “Instead of relying solely on spending cuts to reduce the deficit, Congress must take a balanced approach that includes new revenues and creates more jobs.”
It finds that under the automatic cuts, most likely:
75,000 children would not be able to receive Head Start services;
25,000 children could not attend that child care that their low-income working parents rely on;
670,000 people would not receive job training; and
734,000 households would no longer receive help paying for their home heating or air conditioning.
As alternative to these spending cuts, the report recommends using these four principles to set the budget:
Protect low-income people,
Increase revenues from the very wealthy and corporations,
Reduce unnecessary military spending, and
Create more jobs.
Data on state by state cuts, including how the cuts would impact New Jersey, is provided for nine particularly critical programs, including CDBG, K-12 education, Head Start, home energy assistance, and the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program.