Budgeting for prosperity: Cutting poverty while cutting our long-term deficits
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WMVBudgeting for Prosperity: Cutting Poverty While Cutting Our Long-Term Deficits

In the last year, we’ve seen budget and deficit reduction proposals that ask struggling families to bear the brunt of deficit reduction in order to finance more tax breaks for millionaires. It doesn’t have to be this way. 

Poverty reduction and deficit reduction are not mutually exclusive goals. The major deficit reduction packages of the recent past all operated on one shared principle—low-income Americans and the programs that support them should be protected in deficit reduction. In fact, and in many cases investments were made as part of these packages that actually reduced poverty and strengthened the middle-class. 

Join Half in Ten, the Center for American Progress, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN) for a webinar on how we can dramatically reduce poverty, grow our economy, and restore shared prosperity, even as we deal with long-term deficit reduction. With consequential lame duck fights approaching on tax fairness, the safety net and deficit-reduction, this webinar couldn’t be timelier. 

In this webinar, participants will learn the details of the plan, get the latest briefs and messaging resources, and learn how to put this information into practice in advance of the elections this fall. It’s time that we pivot from playing defense to playing offense on restoring shared prosperity for all. 

Attendee Takeaways:
  • Understanding of the plan put forth by the Center for American Progress that shows how we can dramatically cut poverty in half while cutting our long-term deficits 
  • Understanding of why and how these new resources and messaging can help inform the national debate on poverty 
  • Action steps you can take to integrate this framework into your advocacy for low- and moderate-income Americans in upcoming policy battles

Who Should Attend:
  • Anti-poverty advocates
  • Community leaders
  • Legislative staff
  • Business leaders
Seminar Information
Seminar Date:
August 15, 2012