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Group: President's Budget Could Use a Little 'Stimulus' of Its Own

February 13, 2008

Denver - The economic stimulus package President Bush is expected to sign this week will put some money in Coloradans' wallets - but some critics say that, at the same time, his proposed budget carries cuts that could offset that bonus.

Kathy White with the Colorado Fiscal Policy Institute says there are billions of dollars in cuts to a number of vital services.

"Everything from child care to police protection, a lot of the things that ordinary Coloradans make use of."

She says cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, and energy assistance, despite the soaring costs of fuel and health care, will be especially hard on low-income Coloradans. The administration says the budget reduces growth in these programs to a level the nation can afford.

But White says that overall the budget is out of step with the needs of most Americans.

"Altogether we just think that this budget reflects the wrong priorities and really goes in the wrong direction and we're hoping that Congress doesn't act on it."

White says she hopes Congress will take a more positive approach in its budget plan.

"And that they at least provide for current levels of funding with an increase for inflation for these programs that benefit so many Americans and so many Coloradans."

Eric Mack/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - CO