MEDIA RELEASE: Groups Send Letter to NC Delegation Opposing Ryan’s Radical Budget

Groups Send Letter to NC Delegation Opposing Ryan’s Radical Budget
More than a dozen non-profits say the budget “represents an assault on … low- and moderate-income families.”

RALEIGH (April 14, 2011) -- Calling it a “radical” plan that “represents an assault on the federal government’s commitment to supporting low- and moderate-income families, children, students, and seniors,” more than a dozen non-profits sent a letter opposing House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget plan to North Carolina’s federal congressional delegation today.
“The Ryan plan would raise taxes on the vast majority of Americans and slash services for lower- and middle-income people to pay for a huge giveaway to the richest corporations and individuals in America,” said Jeff Shaw, Director of Communications for the NC Justice Center.
The Justice Center, North Carolina’s largest anti-poverty non-profit, is one of the organizations signing on to the letter.
National experts say that the Ryan plan would produce the largest redistribution of income from the bottom to the top in modern U.S. history, while increasing poverty and inequality more than any measure in recent times.
“Our organizations strongly oppose Chairman Ryan’s plan to pay for tax cuts for the rich through budget cuts that fall disproportionately on the backs of low- and moderate-income families, seniors, children, persons with disabilities, students, and others who rely on the federal government for basic needs and for promoting economic opportunity,” the letter reads.
Ryan’s plan also fails to address the nation’s real fiscal challenges, the letter says.
“The radical House budget plan does not address the nation’s long-term fiscal challenges nor does it make the investments necessary to put the economy on a path to shared prosperity. We support meaningful efforts to address the long-term federal deficit while also supporting critical public investments through a balanced approach that includes both revenue and targeted cuts to less effective programs,” reads the letter.
The full letter, in PDF format, is available below.
A list of the signatories follows this release.
For more information, contact: Edwin McLenaghan, NC Budget & Tax Center, (919) 856-3192; Adam Searing, Director, Health Access Coalition, (919) 856-2568; Jeff Shaw, Director of Communications, NC Justice Center, 863-2402 (office) (503) 551.3615 (mobile).North Carolina Justice Center
NC Justice Center
North Carolina AFL-CIO
NC Council of Churches
Health Access Coalition
NC Budget & Tax Center
National Alliance on Mental Illness – North Carolina
Action NC
Be Healthy Ministries
North Carolina Housing Coalition
Triangle Older Women’s League
Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom, Triangle Branch
American Federation of Teachers, Professional Staff Congress, NC Retiree Chapter
NC Social Justice Project
NC Community Health Center Association
Hemophilia of North Carolina
On Track Financial Education and Counseling
IDA & Asset-Building Collaborative of NC
Guilford County Homeownership Center