Federal Tax Plan Makes Deep Cuts

Right now, Congress is counting final votes and getting ready to take action on the federal budget and tax cuts; it’s a combination that will result in a $3 trillion loss in Federal revenue. The plan cuts taxes for profitable corporations and wealthy households at the same time as it creates massive and lasting damage to safety net programs. The current House Budget will cut $150 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), $1.6 billion from school meals in high-needs schools, $1.5 trillion from Medicaid and $487 billion from Medicare, and it will cut education, training, employment and other social service programs by 25%.

There are a few ways you can take action and mobilize others to oppose this budget and tax plan:

  1. Contact your members of Congress. If you’re represented by Rep. Herrera Beutler, Rep. Newhouse, Rep. McMorris Rodgers, or Rep. Reichert, urge them to oppose the budget and tax plan. If you’re represented by Rep. DelBene, Rep. Larsen, Rep. Kilmer, Rep. Jayapal, Rep, Smith, or Rep. Heck, we encourage you to reach out and thank them for opposing these plans. Click here to find your Congressional District.
  2. Send a letter to the editor of your local paper. Write 150-200 words about how now is the time to invest in solutions to poverty and hunger in your community, not pull out billions of dollars in programs to pay for tax cuts for the wealthiest. Check out these sample talking points from FRAC.
  3. Share information on social media about SNAP and food insecurity. The Anti-Hunger and Nutrition Coalition recommends these tools:
  1. Share interactive SNAP Maps to show how SNAP matters in every community.
  2. Share interactive Household Food Insecurity Maps to show that hunger is real in every community in the U.S.
  3. Congress members respond to Twitter. Get social with these sample tweets to send to Congress members’ twitter handles.

Post this video and blog post to celebrate SNAP’s 40th birthday! This will remind both parties about how SNAP was created because of bipartisan leadership 40 years ago.

Tax Reform in Washington

To learn about the tax structure in Washington, check out this video by KCTS. It explains why our system is so regressive and difficult to change. It’s a jam-packed 3 minutes of helpful information.

To find effective ways to talk about tax reform, our Economic Justice Working Group is putting together a workshop event: Talking About Tax Reform: Training Workshop, October 28, 1-2:30 PM, First Lutheran Church, 530 West Bonneville Street, Pasco.

To host one of these workshops in your area, or to join the Economic Justice Working Group, contact the co-conveners Jane Sisk and Steve Clagett.