Funding Priorities Based on American Values
A budget is a reflection of our priorities as a nation. America's working middle class has sacrificed enough with drastic cuts to services. Tax revenues, which fund these services, are still recovering from their lowest point in over three generations, and tax rates are still at historic lows for the wealthiest Americans. The surefire way to bring fairness and balance to the budget is to create jobs, close corporate tax loopholes and require the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share. The issue we face is a revenue problem and a priorities problem — not a spending problem.
- House Budget Threatens Medicare
- Americans for Tax Fairness
- Economic Policy Institute - What Impact has the Sequester had on State Governments?
- Center for Effective Government - Sequestration Central
- Economic Policy Institute - Building a Tax Code for Today
- Center for Effective Government - Revenue & Spending
- Fact Sheet: Building an Economy that Works for All
- Economic Policy Institute - Budget, Taxes and Public Investment
- Fact Sheet: President Obama’s American Jobs Act
- Fact Sheet: Teachers and First Responders Back to Work Act
- Jun 10Working Families Can Trust Jason Furman to Bolster the Economic RecoveryStatement of AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on Jason Furman’s New Role as Chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers
- May 08AFSCME Opposes the Misnamed Full Faith and Credit Act This bill is the latest effort to hold the debt ceiling hostage while jeopardizing job growth, the economy, and the full faith and credit of the United States.
- Apr 11AFSCME’s Saunders: We Must Strengthen Retirement Security, Not Weaken ItStatement of AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on the White House’s proposed budget
The fact is, this spending vs. taxes debate is largely meaningless. Watch our explainer video to learn about corporate tax breaks, the U.S. Government's secret subsidy program that some in...
Coming soon to a community near you: $85 billion in cuts to vital programs that Americans rely on every day. These cuts -- known as The Sequester -- can be...
2011 was a pivotal year for the working middle class. It started with the scapegoating of public service workers for the country's economic woes, and continued with unprecedented attacks on...
Thousands of AFSCME members participated in the One Nation Working Together march and rally in Washington, DC on October 2, 2010.
- Jun 14 House Busts the Budget; Year-End Funding Storm Brewing The House Appropriations Committee passed a defense funding bill shifting even deeper cuts to non-defense... (AFSCME FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE REPORT)
- Jun 06 STUDY: Fiscal Austerity Is Undermining Long-Term U.S. Economic Prospects Spending cuts and fiscal contraction are costing America billions of dollars and millions of jobs.... (Center for American Progress)
- May 26 ‘A’ Is for Avoidance Apple is the latest example of how American multinationals avoid taxes. (New York Times)
- May 23 Scott Walker's Austerity Plan: Turning Wisconsin Into the New Greece You don't have to look at Athens, Mykonos or Rhodes to see the damage that... (Huffington Post)
- Mar 01 When Sequestration Hits, Women and Children Bear Heavy Burden of Cuts Let's close the tax loopholes enjoyed by the wealthiest Americans before we make life far... (Huffington Post)
- Jan 15 Massive Cuts are Coming Unless We Work Together It’s time to pull together to prepare America for the future. Together, we must be... (Huffington Post)
- Nov 30 The Road to Jobs and Economic Growth One of the great lies of our time is that raising taxes on the wealthy... (Huffington Post)
- Aug 31 Labor Day and the Future of America We must do more to insure that future Americans live in a country where their... (Huffington Post)
- Jul 20 Ending Bush tax cuts for rich would save about $80 billion in 2013, analysts say A Republican proposal to preserve tax cuts for the nation’s wealthiest households next year… (Washington Post)
- Jul 12 The Road to More Jobs The Republicans’ relentless opposition to constructive policies has kept unemployment high… (New York Times)
- Oct 06 Why the GOP Won’t Vote on the American Jobs Act Putting more people to work is the last thing House Republicans want to accomplish. (Daily Kos)
- Sep 27 State Worker Benefits Threatened as U.S. Supercommittee Considers Cuts A congressional supercommittee is seeking another $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction, which may cut deeply... (Bloomberg)
- Jun 11 Corporate Taxes Should Not be Cut, New EPI Report Concludes Cutting tax rates will not help the economy (Blog)
- Jun 05 AFSCME Member Struggles with Student Debt Standing in solidarity with workers like Maisha Brown, AFSCME is sponsoring Student Debt Day 2013. (Blog)
- May 28 AFSCME.TV: Nurses Are the Heart of Health Care Hundreds of AFSCME nurses gathered to fight for improved conditions for nurses and patients. (Blog)
- May 06 Your Story Can Make a Difference The work you do every day makes a difference. So do your stories. Share your story at www.afscme.org/story. (Blog)
- Apr 15 Tax Day Taxes make public services and communities possible. We’re proud to invest in our common good. (Blog)
- Apr 12 ‘Furlough Day’ No Laughing Matter AFSCME’s Saul Schniderman pens parody of “Banana Boat” song to make a point. (Blog)
- Apr 12 5 Things Your Tax Guy Didn’t Tell You Here are five things you probably won’t learn from your 1040. (Blog)
- Apr 11 President Obama’s Budget Is a Mixed Bag Proposal calls for serious cuts to Social Security and Medicare. (Blog)
- Mar 20 Invisible but Important: Unseen Sequestration Cuts Put All at Risk Sometimes it’s the things we can’t see that we really need the most. (Blog)
- Feb 27 Double-Speak on the Debt Crisis Fix the Debt’s real motive is not to fix the debt, but to protect the tax loopholes that benefit its members. (Blog)
- Feb 22 Right Wing Loves Its Loopholes There’s a simple path to avoid 1 million job losses from sequestration. (Blog)
- Feb 14 AFSCME Members Take their Message to the Hill Workers from across the country went to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to lobby their legislators. (Blog)