Understanding The People's Budget

Understanding The People's Budget

Understandi ng The Peoples Budget The Peoples Budget Campaign American Friends Service Committee Campaign for Americas Future Coalition on Human Needs Daily Kos Friends of the Earth

National Alliance of HUD Tenants National Priorities Project NETWORK Lobby Peace Action People Demanding Action Progressive Congress Progressive Democrats of America Social Security Works Social Solutions US Labor Against the War Win Without War

Introduction and Welcome Andrea Miller, Executive Director People Demanding Action [email protected] Call Structure and Norms: - - Audio is PHONE ONLY; you must call in Do not enable your video camera

All calls are recorded; a link is available after the call Q & A mode: To eliminate background noise we mute everyone when we begin recording. Press *6 (when prompted) to ask a question; say your name, your organization, if any, and location. Be courteous and brief; give others a chance to ask questions too. Download this Presentation: https://actionnetwork.org/campaigns/the-peoples-budget-campaign Speakers Michael Darner, Executive Director, Congressional Progressive Caucus Alicia Molt, Office of Rep. Mark Pocan

Cole Harrison, Peace Action Michael Kane, National Alliance of HUD Tenants H. Demetrius Bonner, National Alliance of HUD Tenants Russell Greene, People Demanding Action Paul Shannon, American Friends Service Committee Technical Information Audio is available only via phone DIAL IN: 605 562 3140 ACCESS CODE: 781761# Meeting Room Functions - Chat - Share

Use the Share button in the Meeting Room: After the call, click the unique link below to download this week's PowerPoint, recording link and other materials: http://www.peopledemandingaction.org/downloads/tpp/tppmarch-6-2016-call-materials Michael Darner Mike Darner serves as the Executive Director of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. The CPC consists of one United States Senator and 70 members of the United States House of Representatives, and is the largest caucus within the House Democratic Caucus. Established in 1991, the CPC reflects the diversity

and strength of the American people and seeks to give voice to the needs and aspirations of all Americans to build a more just and humane society. Prior to joining the CPC, Mike served as Legislative Director for Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) for six years. He has also worked as an attorney specializing in election law. He is an alumnus of Miami University and the Catholic University of Americas Columbus School of Law. The 5 Step Federal Budget Process

Overview of The Peoples Budget Provide a $1 trillion investment to repair roads and bridges and ensure our crumbling infrastructure is restored. This includes a down payment of $150 billion, and $765 million specifically for Flint, Michigan, to update aging water drinking pipes in the most vulnerable communities. Access to equitable education opportunities is key to ensuring future generations are prepared for success. From pre-school through college, every student deserves the right to high-quality affordable education. The Peoples Budget invests in our students by providing robust early learning opportunities, effective public schools for all students, and

debt-free college. Overview of The Peoples Budget The Peoples Budget creates 3.6 million good paying jobs to push our economy back to full-employment, which will provide the necessary economic conditions to spur across-the-board wage growth for hardworking Americans It empowers working families, protects collective bargaining, and seeks to close the pay equity gap It increases funding for worker protection agencies to crack down on wage theft, combat overtime abuses, and safeguard workers

retirement savings Alicia Molt Alicia Molt has worked on Capitol Hill for 6 years and is Congressman Mark Pocans Legislative Director and Deputy Chief of Staff. Prior to working for Rep. Pocan, she worked for Congressman Jim McGovern from Massachusetts and Congresswoman Gwen Moore from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Alicia is originally from Worcester, Massachusetts is a graduate of Holy Cross College and Johns

Hopkins University. Invest in America Invests $1 trillion to transition to 21st Century infrastructure, which ensures our roads, bridges, railways, and facilities are strong and that no town experiences the devastating effects of crumbling infrastructure weve seen in Flint, Michigan Delivers on the promise of effective early childhood education by fully funding Early Head Start Makes debt free college a reality for all students Expands commitment to create efficient renewable energy and competitive, high-quality green jobs

Pathways Out of Poverty and Empowering the Middle Class Supports wage increases for working Americans, negotiating rights and fair pay Provides a plan to reduce poverty by half in ten years Increases discretionary funding to invest in women, communities of color and their families Reverses harmful cuts and enhances the social safety net Provides an increase in Trade Adjustment Assistance for workers displaced by bad trade deals

Justice and Fair Elections Supports a justice system that is fair and effective for all Americans with full funding for key DOJ programs, including public defenders and recidivism reduction Rebuilds trust in the justice system by funding community oriented policing reforms Strengthens Department of Justice Voter Protection Programs Protects voting rights by increasing funding to voter protection agencies Funds public financing of campaigns to curb the influence of special interests in politics

Fair Individual Taxes Ensures profits from investments are taxed at the same rate as income from work Returns to Clinton-era tax rates for households making over $250,000 and implements new brackets for those making over $1 million Expands the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Care Credit Fair Corporate Taxes Eliminates the ability of U.S. corporations to defer taxes on offshore profits Ends corporate inversions that allow U.S. companies to avoid paying taxes

Enacts a Financial Transaction Tax on Wall Streets high-stakes trading Ends unlimited executive pay tax write-offs Educational Opportunities for Every Student Fully funds Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and provides Pre-K for all Greater investments in K-12 education Increases computer science opportunities for all students Provides for the refinancing of student loans Affordable Health Care

Repeals excise tax on high-priced healthcare plans for workers and replaces it with a public option Implements drug price negotiation for Medicare Allows states to transition to single-payer health care systems Expands access to mental health care and treatments for opioid and heroin addiction Protect our Environment Closes tax loopholes and ends subsidies provided to oil, gas, and coal companies Implements a price on carbon pollution Invests in clean, renewable, and efficient energy and green

manufacturing Sustainable Defense: Promoting peace And Security Modernizes our defense system to create sustainable Pentagon spending Ends funding for unsustainable wars Increases funding for diplomacy and strategic humanitarian aid Adds robust funding for refugee resettlement programs Access to Housing Fully funds programs to make housing affordable and accessible for all

Americans Addresses the pervasive and persistent problem of poverty in America through an $11 billion investment to end family homelessness Strengthening our Commitment to Veterans Increases funding for veterans supportive housing to eliminate veterans homelessness Expands access to mental health care for all veteran and service members Invests in job training opportunities for transitioning service members and veterans

Immigration and Small Business Fully funds the Small Business Administrations loan programs to help Americas small businesses remain competitive and continue to grow Implements comprehensive immigration reform, including a pathway to citizenship Q&A Mike Darner and Alicia Molt Cole Harrison Cole Harrison Move the Money

coordinator for Peace Action. He is also Executive Director of Massachusetts Peace Action. He is on the coordinating committee of Budget for All Massachusetts campaign, and co-coordinates the People's Budget Campaign. Budget Issues Are Grassroots Issues The People's Budget connects multiple progressive constituencies It received 96 votes in 2015 yet is not taken

seriously by the media - so we have to organize our own campaign We need to break down the budget and bring it to the grassroots We need to campaign on the PB all year around What was in the People's Budget for FY2016 Create Jobs Meet peoples needs through services Fair Taxes

Reduce Military Spending Combat Climate Change Fleshing out the People's Budget for FY2017 Housing

Public transit Climate Military Nuclear weapons $1.15 Trillion Discretionary Spending Continuous lowering of standards of living for the U.S. majority In the years to come the Republican Congress will continue to cut appropriations for: Housing

Healthcare Food stamps Clean water Education We need to identify the victims of these cuts as our constituencies! Why a People's Budget Campaign? Activate the progressive grassroots on a comprehensive crossissue platform Link the PB to campaigns over component issues (for ex, debtfree college; climate change; military appropriations; shutdown threat) Build bridges between social justice movements, promote crossmovement solidarity and collaboration

Make the PB a serious "player" each year; Increase Congressional support for the PB in annual vote How to organize for the People's Budget Bring together more national organizations in the People's Budget Campaign Subject matter is complicated: Communication and research resources are important Online campaigning: Link the Peoples Budget to topical issues throughout the year Move more progressive Democrats to support the budget who have not yet done so

Target gettable reps who can be moved Build a local coalition to campaign for the member's attention Link federal budget issues with locally resonant issues in those districts Coordination between CPC & Grassroots Advocates Keep the Peoples Budget brand for several years so that we have time to build recognition Use a subtitle to differentiate each year Identify areas for substantive change well in advance (fall?) Release budget preview in advance and share with

advocates to prepare campaigns Tie PB to topical issues during the year and coordinate those plans Next steps Join us for our Workshop & Breakout Website peopledemandingaction.org/campaigns/the-people-s-budget

Handouts on proposed improvements to PB Timeline for this years budget cycle Feb 9: Presidents Budget released by OMB Feb 25: House Budget committee markup budget resolution week of Feb 29: House floor action on budget March 15th: Peoples Budget Press Conference

Can You Visit/Call These Reps? Rep. Eric Swalwell(CA15) Rep. Julia Brownley (CA26) Rep. Brad Sherman (CA30) Rep. Rosa DeLauro (CT03) Rep. John Larson (CT01) Rep. Stanford Bishop (GA02) Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI02) Rep. Tammy Duckworth (IL08) Rep. Joseph Kennedy (MA04) Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD02)

Rep. Steny Hoyer (MD05) Rep. Chris Van Hollen (MD08) Rep. Bill Pascrell (NJ09) Rep. Steve Israel (NY03) Matt Cartwright (PA17) Rep. Jim Langevin (RI02) Rep. Beto ORourke (TX16) Rep. Joaquin Castro (TX20) Russell Greene Russell Greene has been focused on the climate crisis since 1988. He is President,

People Demanding Action, Founder and Chair, Progressive Democrats of San Fernando Valley, Chair, PDA, Stop Global Warming Issue Team, Advisory Board Chair, Kids vs. Global Warming, iMatter and Leader Corps, Climate Reality Project. Protecting Our Environment The only budget in Washington that truly accepts the urgency of the climate crisis. Lukas Ross, Friends of the Earth 1. Impose a Price on Carbon Pollution 2. Eliminate Corporate Welfare for Oil, Gas and Coal Companies

3. Helping Communities Adapt 4. Reinstate Superfund Taxes 5. Crop Insurance Subsidies Impose a Price on Carbon Pollution The Peoples Budget implements a $25 per ton price on carbon dioxide emitted by polluters (increasing at 5.6 percent a year) and rebates 25 percent of all revenues to protect low income families from any rising energy costs via refundable credits. Revenue from this carbon price will be used to fund renewable energy and energy

efficiency development and deployment. The Energy Information Administration found that a similar proposal would result in carbon emissions reductions of 26 percent below 2005 levels by 2020. This will go a long way toward setting the United States on a path to minimize the dangers of climate change, particularly when combined with air pollution control measures, increased energy efficiency and renewable energy deployment. Eliminate Corporate Welfare for Oil, Gas and Coal Companies

The CPC Budget repeals approximately $135 billion in fossil fuel subsidies over 10 years. The fossil fuel industry enjoys dozens of permanent subsidies thanks to decades of successful lobbying. Just one of these loopholes, the percentage depletion allowance, will cost taxpayers $17 billion over the next decade. Researchers at the International Monetary Fund found that in 2015 fossil fuel subsidies (including both tax breaks and the cost of health and environmental externalities) cost $5.3 trillion or $10 million a minute. Helping Communities Adapt The Peoples Budget increases funding for EPA climate adaptation programs and FEMA climate resiliency initiatives. It also

incorporates the job training and economic development funding outlined in the Presidents POWER plus plan to assist displaced fossil fuel workers and communities impacted by changing energy policies. Reinstate Superfund Taxes Our budget reinstates the Superfund excise taxes that expired in 1995. The Environmental Protection Agencys Superfund program, once largely funded by dedicated taxes, is now funded primarily by general revenue. Having a

stable source of funding, rather than relying on year-to-year appropriations, will provide $22 billion more for cleanup of hazardous and contaminated land, often located in disadvantaged communities. Crop Insurance Subsidies The CPC Budget reduces the federal governments subsidy from 60 percent to 40 percent premiums, on average. Insurance policies purchased through

the program are sold and serviced by private insurance companies, which are reimbursed by the federal government. In 2013 the Congressional Budget Office predicted that crop insurance will cost taxpayers about $90 billion over the course of a decade. Paul Shannon Paul Shannon is on the staff of the American Friends Service Committee in Cambridge, Massachusetts and a

Coordinator of the Massachusetts Budget for All Coalition Military spending in the Peoples Budget The Peoples Budget makes far deeper and more significant cuts in Pentagon spending than any other budget Its strongest feature is that it cuts $761 Billion from the Overseas Contingent Operations (OCO) war slush fund over the next 10 years while also funding the orderly and safe withdrawal of the thousands of U.S. ground troops now in Afghanistan The OCO account has been used to fund numerous American wars

which have helped turn the Middle East and South Asia into a seething cauldron of suffering and death: Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Yemen and now in Iraq again Military spending in the Peoples Budget The Peoples Budget also provides significant funding for middle east refugee re-settlement programs, diplomacy, and humanitarian assistance to war shattered areas It also provides for cuts in Pentagon base budget

Establishing a responsible approach toward a sustainable defense budget Reducing the use of private contractors that has led to big cost-overruns The de-commissioning of cold war era nuclear weapons Reducing procurement and R&D my making smarter procurement choices Creating a leaner military with fewer military personnel which is focused on modern security threats instead of cold war weapons and contracts Auditing the Pentagon

Why the Peace Movement Should Support The Peoples Budget We should support of the Peoples Budget for 2 reasons: First, its Pentagon cuts are larger and more significant in terms of stopping wars than in any other budget proposal. Pentagon cuts is the most difficult section of the Peoples Budget for CPC members to sell to other members of Congress and even to CPC members. If we in the peace movement want deeper cuts, it is up to us to create the conditions that make deeper cuts politically feasible This CPC budget can serve as a vehicle that allows us to work on a

common project with climate, social and racial justice movements who should be attracted to its bold increases in funding for all the programs the country needs National Alliance of HUD Tenants Michael Kane has served as the Executive Director of the National Alliance of HUD Tenants since 1994. NAHT is the national union representing the 1.7 million tenants in privately-owned, HUD subsidized multifamily housing, and is the only national tenants union in the US. Kane has also organized HUD tenants in Massachusetts with the Mass

Alliance of HUD Tenants since 1983, helping tenants save 12,200 apartments as affordable housing, one building at a time, through tenant organizing. Kane also served on the Board of the Habitat International Coalition (HIC), the leading global housing rights network, from 2004 through 2014, including a term as Vice President. H. Demetrius Bonner, Vice-President: North Drexel Court Tenant Association Chicago, IL Affordable Housing Expand affordable housing through increased CDBG and HOME funding

Provides resources for Public, Elderly and Disabled Housing Restores 70,000 Section 8 Vouchers Provides new Vouchers to reduce wait lists Affordable Housing Funds 25,000 new supportive and 8,000 rapid rehousing units for the homeless Supports President Obamas $11 billion request to end family homeless by 2020 Provides robust funding for Low Income Heating Assistance Q&A Endorsing Organizations

American Friends Service Committee Peace Action National Alliance of HUD Tenants People Demanding Action Isaiah Poole Isaiah J. Poole has been the editor of OurFuture.org since 2007. Previously he worked for 25 years in mainstream media, most recently at Congressional Quarterly, where he covered congressional leadership and tracked major bills through Congress.

Most of his journalism experience has been in Washington as both a reporter and an editor on topics ranging from presidential politics to pop culture. His work has put him at the front lines of ideological battles between progressives and conservatives. He also served as a founding member of the Washington Association of Black Journalists and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. Blog Posts on The Peoples Budget

Flint, MI Water Crisis Is Proof Positive That We Need Better Infrastruct ure and a Progressive Budget By Olivia Alperstein, Progressive Congress and Jonathan Alan King, Massachusetts Budget for All Campaign Investing in People Matters: A Black Mans perspective on The People s Budget by Marc Carr, Social Solutions Why we need the People's Budget and its $1 trillion infrastructure job s plan by Isaiah Poole, Campaign for Americas Future The Peoples Budget and Pentagon Spending: A Start in the Right Dire ction

by Paul Shannon, American Friends Service Committee Blog Posts on The Peoples Budget The Peoples Budget is the Greenest Option in Washington by Lukas Ross, Friends of the Earth Five Reasons to Support The Peoples Budget by National Priorities Project The Pro-Social Security Congressional Progressive Caucus Budget by Nancy Altman, Social Security Works The Peoples Budget: Pushing Us Toward a Peace Economy by Miriam Pemberton, Institute for Policy Studies

Next Steps - Working with Congress Email your House Member and ask them to support The Peoples Budget We have sent more than 5,300 emails to House members We need to send more than 30,000 emails

Working with Congress Participate in the Daily Kos Mega-Petition 22 participating organizations Sign the petition to become a Citizen Cosponsor of The Peoples Budget Our goal is to get more than 125,000 signatures Working with Congress Deliver a letter to your House Member asking them to support The Peoples

FY 2017 Budget https://actionnetwork.org/event_campaigns/building -congressional-support-for-the-peoples-budget Informing Your Community Write a Letter to the Editor Share our Blog Posts Daily Kos Huffington Post Common Dreams Host a Town Hall Meeting (for FY2018 Peoples Budget) - Summer

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