Nuns on a Bus Challenge Paul Ryan Budget

Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 6:01 PM by

A group of nuns rolled through Wisconsin yesterday as part of a nine-state bus tour highlighting the damage federal budget cuts could do to working-class communities. In particular, the nuns criticized the budget drafted by U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), which would give sizeable tax cuts to high earners and roll back programs serving vulnerable residents.

Rep. Ryan has defended the budget he drafted for the U.S. House of Representatives as consistent with Catholic principles, saying “Our budget offers a better path consistent with the timeless principles of our nation’s founding and, frankly, consistent with how I understand my Catholic faith.”

The nuns see things differently. They offer an alternative, the Faithful Budget, which promotes a “compassionate and comprehensive vision for the future.”

According to the Faithful Budget:

In the current political and economic climate, neither party is giving voice to the needs of the families who are struggling to overcome poverty. It is simply not true that we must reduce assistance for the poorest among us in order to achieve fiscal recovery. A Faithful Federal Budget can advance fiscal responsibility while increasing support for the poor and vulnerable, by focusing on job creation and economic revitalization, an equitable tax system based on fairness, and true human security over disproportionate military spending.

The nuns highlighted the detrimental effects the Ryan budget would have on Wisconsin. According to the nuns, the budget proposed by the U.S. House of Representatives would:

  • Eliminate 3,800 Head Start preschool slots for children in Wisconsin over two years;
  • Reduce resources for 31,000 special education students in the state;
  • Reduce educational services for 62,000 disadvantaged students in Wisconsin by 2014; and
  • End a tax credit that help 63,000 Wisconsin small businesses offer health insurance to their employees.

Tamarine Cornelius

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