Monday, February 07, 2005

“This Budget is a Perversion of American Values”

Child care is absolutely critical to the success of low income families. Yet, it appears that is another thing under the attack of the Bush Budget Cuts. The fact is that our economy simply does not afford the notion of stay of at moms any more. Yet, with the more families losing child care assistance, some will have no choice. Where are the family values, I ask you?

According to the Administration's own calculations, an estimated 300,000 fewer low-income children will receive child care assistance by 2010. The President's budget would freeze child care funding for 2006- and projects that child care funding would remain frozen for the next five years, through 2010.

"Hundreds of thousands of parents across the United States are working hard, but not making enough to fully pay for the child care they need to keep their jobs," said Danielle Ewen, Senior Policy Analyst at the Center for Law and Social Policy. "These working parents should be supported, not penalized. But under this budget, with each passing year, it will become increasingly difficult for low-income families to get help with child care expenses."

Reports by the General Accounting Office and the National Women's Law Center have shown that states have responded to frozen child care funding and rising costs by cutting working families from the program, raising the cost to families to participate, and reducing programs that improve the quality of care.

Download the full 2-page analysis of the proposed child care budget cuts.

President’s Budget Promotes Twisted Priorities - Slashes Vital Services for Women & Families While Lavishing Tax Cuts on Millionaires and Corporations.

“This budget is a perversion of American values,” said Nancy Duff Campbell, NWLC Co-President. “While it imposes painful sacrifices on low- and moderate-income women and their families in the name of deficit reduction, it lavishes millionaires with even larger tax cuts. But it is reckless and unfair tax cuts, not increased spending on domestic programs, that are the main cause of the deficits we face.”


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