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Dec 22nd

Carter: Proposed cuts would hamper recovery

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toni-carter_officialResponding to President Obama’s budget proposal released last Monday, Ramsey County Commissioner and Community Action of Ramsey & Washington Counties Board President Toni Carter said thousands of people will lose their support and education networks, jobs would be lost, 1,500 community volunteers would have no place to serve, and almost a $1 million in funds invested in the community would vanish.

“The President’s proposal to cut local Community Action Agencies by 50% would hamper the nation’s long-term economic recovery,” said Carter, noting that Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties provides a single point of service for 22,000 economically disadvantaged people plus a referral network to over 200 community partners.

“I believe that everyone needs to do their part in cutting the deficit. However, let’s not do it at the expense of people trying to find work, become self-sufficient, and remain in their homes,” Carter said.

“Job creation and building economic security are the keys to moving our nation forward. If we seek to solve budget deficits by cutting programs that effectively and efficiently provide financial education, help people find jobs, and eliminate barriers to self-sufficiency, we will end up prolonging this recession and making the situation worse,” said Carter.

Commissioner Carter noted that Community Action is the antithesis of big government with a local board comprised of business leaders, elected officials, and low-income community members who can respond quickly and flexibly. From 2009 to 2010, Community Action was able to quickly expand its job training program and develop a crisis response program, successfully creating and maintaining jobs for 151 people and helping keep 725 people in their homes with transportation to their jobs.

 

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