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Budget for All!
Stop the Cuts · Invest in Jobs · Fair Taxes · End the Wars
11 Garden St., Cambridge, MA 02138
www.budget4allmass.org • 617-354-2169
Principles for End of Year Budget Deal – November 2013
Dear Member of Congress:
As work accelerates toward a possible end of the year budget agreement, with the Budget Conference Committee expected to issue its report by Dec. 13, 2013, the undersigned organizations strongly believe that any budget agreement must meet the following key principles:
1. Prevent cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Veterans benefits, or to housing, food and unemployment assistance;
2. Create and protect jobs by investing in manufacturing, schools, housing, renewable energy, transportation and other public services;
3. Provide new revenues for these purposes and to reduce the long-term federal deficit by closing corporate tax loopholes, ending offshore tax havens, and raising taxes on incomes over $250,000; and
4. Redirect military spending to these domestic needs by reducing the military budget, ending the war in Afghanistan and bringing U.S. troops home safely now.
These four principles were endorsed in November 2012, when Massachusetts voters in 91 cities and towns approved by a three to one margin the non-binding Budget for All referendum. We urge you to push forward budget measures in keeping with the voters’ will, and ask that you prevent any agreement or "grand bargain" that does not meet these principles. Any budget agreement must not harm workers, low-income or unemployed people, or others most at risk in this economy.