MI Senators Oppose Republican Budget with Misguided Priorities

Federal plan guts programs like Medicare and Pell Grants while raising taxes on the middle class

LANSING – Following recent US House passage of the Paul Ryan budget plan, State Senators Bert Johnson (D-Detroit), Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor), and Jim Ananich (D-Flint) today introduced a resolution encouraging Congress and the President to oppose any federal budget that would gut assistance to seniors and students while raising taxes on the middle class.

“At a time when Congress refuses to act on helping people earn a higher minimum wage or extending unemployment benefits, the Ryan budget piles on by gutting vital programs,” said Johnson, lead sponsor of the state resolution denouncing the Ryan budget. “Instead of finding real solutions to move our economy forward, some Republicans are determined to make things worse for middle class Americans.”

House Concurrent Resolution 96 passed the US House on April 10, 2014 with 219 Republican votes and zero Democratic votes. The plan cuts $5 trillion by reducing Medicare and Medicaid resources and forcing privatization and voucher systems for thousands of seniors and families. The cuts would leave up to 40 million Americans without insurance and millions more without access to Pell Grants or food assistance. In addition, it reduces corporate taxes while eliminating middle-class tax breaks such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

“Improving our economy and creating a highly educated workforce should be a top priority in Lansing and in Washington,” said Warren, co-sponsor of the Senate Resolution. “Unfortunately, this budget goes in the opposite direction by jeopardizing the insurance benefits, food assistance programs and educational grants that provide critical support to our seniors, students and hard-working families.”

“The Ryan budget delivers a one-two punch to middle class families,” said Ananich. “If enacted, it would force more families into poverty and make it even more expensive to obtain a college education. This type of budget is wrong for Michigan and wrong for our economy.”

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