Will Congress Stand Up for the 99%?

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Will Congress Stand Up for the 99%?

Congress has a choice: Make the 1% pay their fair share or enact devastating cuts that hurt seniors, children and working parents.

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What Congress Does Matters

Money from the federal government is by far the single largest source of revenue for state and local governments. So what Congress does matters a lot for the services our communities most rely on.

Proposed cuts include:

  • Child care services parents rely on so they can work and children need to succeed in school
  • Funding for our schools
  • Health care for seniors and low income working families
  • Services for people with mental illness and developmental disabilities


Did you know ...?

  • Why the federal budget matters:
    The single largest source of revenues for state and local governments is:
    A. Sales taxes
    B. Income taxes
    C. Property taxes
    D. Money from the federal government
    ANSWER: D. money from the federal government is by far the largest source of revenue for state and local governments
  • Beginning January 1, the deficit deal requires annual 9 percent across-the-board spending cuts for how many state and local services:
    A. Up to 20
    B. Dozens
    C. 63
    D. More than 150
    ANSWER: D. the deficit deal will require across the board cuts to 156 programs that provide funding to state and local governments for essential services
  • If Congress cuts funds for early education, k-12, public safety, clean water, social services, etc., our state will:
    A. Cut the service
    B. Protect some services by making deeper cuts in others
    C. Maintain all essential services by making sure that the rich and corporations pay their fair share.
    ANSWER: What do you think?
  • The House Republican Budget claims to reduce the deficit by $1.6 trillion. How much of that comes from increasing taxes on the rich and corporations:
    A. 10 percent
    B. About half
    C. None
    D. Other
    ANSWER: D. trick question. The House Republican budget includes $3,200,000,000,000 (that's three point two trillion) in tax cuts that are targeted to the rich, and $1,100,000,000,000 (one point one trillion) for corporations
  • Which of these would happen under the House Republican Budget:
    A. Block grant Medicaid and cut it by 35 percent
    B. Privatize Medicare and raise the age to 67
    C. Triple the cuts to other essential services
    D. Eliminate 1.3 million jobs next year
    E. Repeal the Affordable Care Act
    F. All of the above
    ANSWER: F. All of the above

We will be a powerful voice advocating for:

  • equitably funded, quality public services;
  • the workers who deliver them; and
  • the communities that deserve and depend on them.

We will work to restore working people’s right to expect and demand that government serves as a guarantor of justice and equity in our society