Economic stability for thousands of Idahoans at risk in Congressional budgeting

The social safety net helps Idahoans in tough times. The safety net includes food assistance, healthcare, income supports, and children’s programs. Additional public investments and services help Idahoans pursue economic opportunity, such as college grants and loans, job training, and housing assistance. All of these investments are financed federally and some services delivered locally.

From counties, cities, school districts and tribes to state agencies and individuals and families, the federal budget directs safety net resources and public investments to Idaho communities. The Congressional budgeting process has sweeping implications for our communities.

In July 2017, the House Budget Committee passed a budget proposal, setting the stage for a gutting of resources that support Idahoans most in need in favor of tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. This year’s federal budget proposals include:

• Massive cuts to Idaho’s safety net and public investments and services that support children, people with disabilities, seniors, and everyday working families.
• Large tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.
• A special fast-tracking tool that makes the budget process partisan and less transparent.

You can help prevent deep cuts to the safety net by taking action now.

More information on the contents of the House budget proposal:

The proposal will make at least $203 billion cuts to the safety net and public services over the next 10 years to pave the way for tax cuts while making it even harder for thousands of Idahoans to make ends meet or get ahead.

Cuts under funding streams known as mandatory spending:

• Medicaid and Medicare would see cuts of at least $20 billion.
• Income support for working families such as social security income, the child tax credit, and other low-income support programs would see cuts of at least $52 billion.
• Food assistance – also known as food stamps, or SNAP, would see cuts of at least $10 billion.
• Pell grants and students loans would see cuts of at least $20 billion.