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Thursday, March 16, 2017

AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on the Trump “Skinny Budget”

WASHINGTON — 

AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders issued the following statement regarding the “skinny budget” released by the White House:

“The budget presented today by President Trump is even worse than we could have imagined. His proposed cuts are so large, so dangerous, and so harmful to the basic well-being of American families that they may prove too extreme even for the extremists in Congress.

"This budget cuts nearly everything that matters to working families. It would make it harder for them to send their kids to college or a quality public school, to find good jobs, even to heat their homes or live and work in safe and healthy environments.

"Combined with the proposed changes to Medicaid contained in the health care plan the president has endorsed, this budget will prove devastating to state budgets and the vital public services our communities depend on. 

"Once again, President Trump's actions aren’t living up to the populist rhetoric of his campaign. He is breaking promises to the struggling families who feel left behind in today's economy. This budget does not just neglect these families and communities; it goes out of its way to hurt them."

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