The Federal Budget Crisis Is Not A Deficit Crisis.
It's A Crisis Of Priorities.
Choosing to continue enormous tax breaks for the millionaires and spending 60 percent of public discretionary dollars on the Pentagon makes no sense, as millions struggle to find work and to feed and house their families.
Federal, State and local government budget cutting is creating more unemployment, providing less help for people hit by job loss or illness and making the economic recession worse. What we need is to address our problems, to invest in our future, to cut excessive Pentagon spending and to make the wealthiest pay their fair share of taxes!
We invite individuals and groups to help change the debate and support the Move the Money Campaign.
Currently twenty-one KC area organizations have endorsed the Kansas City Campaign and Resolution (See below for the text of the resolution.) Click this link to see how your group can become an endorser.
We are pleased to report that the Kansas City, Missouri City Council unanimously passed a Move the Money Resolution at their April 11 Council Session.
Prior to vote on the resolution supporters testified before the Neighborhood and Healthy Communities Committee on April 3. Those who testified in support of the Kansas City Move the Money Resolution were Ira Harritt, AFSC Program Coordinator, Rev. Ester Holzendorf, Consolidated Social Work Services, Dave Kingsley, Gray Panthers, Dave Pack, AFSC and Peaceworks, KC and Eva Schulte, Communities Creating Opportunity. Members of the Neighborhoods Committee (Councilpersons Curls, committee chair, Glover, Reed and Wagner) heard the testimony and gave strong support of the resolution. More information about the KCMO resolution # 130246 can be found by clicking this link. Video of the hearing can be found by clicking this link.
On April 15, Tax Day, the Finance and Audit Committee of the Jackson County Legislature invited Move the Money Campaign supporters to testify on the Move the Money Campaign at the downtown KCMO Jackson County Courthouse. Legislators Scott Burnett, committee chair, Theresa Garza Ruiz and Crystal Williams heard testimony and expressed interest and concern over the information on the impact of current budget decisions and debate on Jackson County citizens. Stay tuned for updates on progress toward introducing a Move the Money resolution in the Jackson County legislature.
We continue the process of educating and mobilizing the public to advocate for federal budget priorities that will create more hope for the future and increase the well-being of residents of the Kansas City community. Contact us for more information and to get involved at firstname.lastname@example.org or 816 931-5256.
We all should be demanding priorities that will heal our economy and serve the needs of our community.
Individuals can join the Move the Money Budget Action Network and pledge to respond to action alerts.
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KC Move the Money Resolution
Social Security and other services sustaining our community are under attack, and next to nothing is being done to create jobs. The Afghanistan war grinds on and the Pentagon budget keeps growing. Corporations and the 1%'ers are paying lower tax rates than the middle class.
Given this reality, we, the people call upon congress and the President to:
1.Create and protect jobs by investing in manufacturing, schools, housing, renewable energy, transportation and other public services;
2.Eliminate cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Veterans benefits, and to housing, food and unemployment assistance;
3.Provide new revenues for these purposes and reduce the long-term federal deficit by closing corporate tax loopholes, ending offshore tax havens, and raising taxes on incomes over $250,000 so that all pay their fair share; and
4.Redirect military spending to these domestic needs by reducing the military budget, ending the war in Afghanistan and reducing the number of U.S. military bases overseas.
The following organizations have endorsed the KC Move the Money Resolution:
- Ad Hoc Group Against Crime
- American Friends Service committee
- Cherith Brook Catholic Worker
- Communities Creating Opportunity
- Consolidated Social Work Services, Inc.
- Disciples Peace Fellowship, KCMO
- Gray Panthers of Kansas and Western Missouri
- Jobs Now!
- Johnson and Wyandotte Counties NOW
- Mary Ellen Carter Foundation
- Mid America Assistance Coalition
- National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
- Occupy KC
- Physicians for Social Responsibility-KC
- Reconciliation Services
- St. James Catholic Church, KCMO
- St. Mark Hope and Peace Lutheran Church
- Tree of Life Foundation
- United Progressives