#TRUMPTaxscam crunch time!
TODAY (Nov 30) Senate Republicans will vote on a tax bill that will disproportionately benefit the mega rich and large corporations; raise taxes on millions of working middle class families, and raise taxes even higher for large families. In fact, over 80 percent of all households (326,000 Utah filers in the Senate tax bill) end up with a tax increase or get basically nothing from the so-called "middle class tax cut." To make matters worse, 13 million (125,000 Utahns) would have their health care stripped away and Medicare would automatically be slashed by $25 billion ($130 million in Utah).
Three Republicans. That’s the number we need to defeat this bill today, and several senators are on the fence, including Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Bob Corker (R-TN). Find the complete list of key senators who we need to call in order to defeat the tax bill at TrumpTaxToolkit.org.
You. Senate offices have been hearing from thousands and thousands of constituents, but we need to keep driving calls. You should feel free to call senators outside Utah--the point is to jam the phone lines and keep the pressure on. Go to TrumpTaxToolkit.org to make some noise on twitter and blow up Senate phone lines. Follow @CAPAction on Twitter for updates throughout the day. You’re the only ones who can defeat this thing. Let’s get it done.
The federal budget details what the federal government will spend on particular programs and how it will finance that spending.
Salt Lake Indivisible will look at the President’s annual budget proposal and major congressional budget plans, focusing especially on programs for low- and moderate-income families. We also examine long-term budget challenges and measures that can improve fiscal responsibility in an equitable way.
social safety net: PROGRAMS AT RISK
Our social safety net – the services and programs available to help us throughout the course of our lives – from childhood nutrition programs, to access to healthcare and affordable housing – is under attack by the Trump administration and the Federal budget is the linchpin. Our actions will depend on Congress' response in the budget process now unfolding.
How is the Trump administration attacking our nation’s social safety net?
Affordable health care
The most obvious example is the effort to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act. Salt Lake Indivisible, with millions of others, helped to stop it.
But it’s not over yet – we’ll need to push back against efforts by the administration to sabotage the ACA, and we’ll need to make sure that other efforts to cut the Medicaid program are stopped. Locally we need to push back on efforts by the state to create barriers to participation in Medicaid such as work requirements and lifetime limits on care.
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The lack of affordable housing in Utah is already at crisis stage. We’re seeing the dire consequences on the streets around the Road Home Shelter and in the struggle that many are having paying rents that eat up more than half their income.
Nationally the number of households experiencing worst case housing (spending more than half of their income on housing, or living in severely substandard housing, or both) has increased 41% since 2007.
Tragically the Trump administration wants to slash housing assistance, increasing the number of families with worst case housing needs. Congress should increase, not cut, funding for rental housing assistance and for other programs designed to serve the lowest income households. H.R. 948 will do just this by boosting funding for the Housing Trust Fund, the Low Income Housing Tax Credit, public housing, and rental assistance solutions—without adding any costs to the federal government.
Instead, the "Common Sense Housing Investment Act" makes modest reforms to the mortgage interest deduction, a $70 billion tax write-off that largely benefits America’s highest-income households, and reinvests the savings into affordable housing for people with the greatest needs. For details, see United for Homes' call to action.
FEDERAL NUTRITION PROGRAMS
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
One in eight Utahns experience food insecurity, meaning they lack the resources to afford enough food for their families. For families with children the rate is even higher, 1 in 6 households with children lack the resources to buy enough food, Additionally, in Utah the overwhelming majority, 71%, of individuals receiving SNAP are vulnerable populations; children 17 years old and younger, seniors over the age of 60 and individuals with disabilities.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) formerly known as food stamps is our country’s best and most responsive anti-hunger program in the country.
SNAP moved 53,000 Utahns out of poverty each year from 2009 to 2012, including 29,000 children.
86% of SNAP families had at least one working adult in the past 12 months..
$1 in SNAP benefits generates $1.70 in economic activity.
SNAP is an investment in our families, and our communities. SNAP not only helps tens of thousands of Utah families put food on the table, it creates jobs both in retail, but in agriculture as well.
Despite the strengths of SNAP and its ability reduce hunger and poverty it is under serious threat from Congress and the White House.
Proposed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program:
The House Budget resolution calls for $10 billion in cuts over 10 years and requires fast-track cuts for enactment this year.
An additional $150 billion in large SNAP cuts are envisioned over the longer term – what would essentially amount to block grants to states.
Child Nutrition Programs
One in three public school students receive school lunch at free or reduced price. Meals at school play an important role in making sure children have access to good nutrition, especially in the morning, so they can start the day ready to learn. These programs play an important role after school, too, as parents are often working shift work schedules and want to make sure their kids have access to food in a safe environment.
Threatened cuts will make it harder for schools to meet the needs of low-income kids.
Proposed Cut to Child Nutrition Programs:
A $1.6 billion cut over 10 years in the Community Eligibility Provision for school lunch and breakfast in high-poverty schools, targeting an estimated 34 schools currently participating schools in Utah with over 11,000 students, and precluding another 31 schools with over 10,000 students from choosing this option.