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"President's Day": More Than Furniture Shopping

February 19, 2007

President's Day is for more than furniture sales, according to an Ohio coalition of community groups and nonprofit organizations. They're calling on Congress to "repair" President Bush's federal budget.

The group says the White House budget shows misplaced priorities, including more tax cuts for the wealthy and less funding for vital public services. Ericka Thoms with Ohio's Center for Community Solutions says the White House plan would leave Ohio in the lurch on health care, as well as food and energy assistance.

"We're gonna see the state trying to make up for a lot of the funding losses, and that will be hard to do, because Ohio is already strapped."

Lisa Hamler-Fugitt with the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Food Banks is concerned that the White House budget cuts two important anti-hunger programs: food stamps, and a commodity program that supplies food to needy seniors.

"So many have lost their jobs because of the downturn in the economy that it's our government's responsibility to provide basic needs for all Ohioans, and all Americans."

Dave Rinebolt with Ohio Partners for Affordable Energy adds the President's budget doesn't meet the energy goals of the State of the Union address, and could leave Ohioans out in the cold.

"The President's budget reduced funding for a number of critical programs for people, including low income energy assistance, weatherization assistance, the type of things that help people be self-sufficient."

The groups are calling on Ohio citizens to make their voices heard about a federal budget they believe will lead to bigger deficits and tougher times for poor and middle-income Americans.

Rob Ferrett/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - OH