Federal budget cuts forum for non-profits Oct. 11

A coalition of local and state organizations will be sponsoring a community forum on how the proposed 2018 federal budget cuts could impact local human service providers.

The forum will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, at the Utica Public Library, 303 Genesee Street, Utica  (second floor Gallery). Elevator access is available. Parking is available in the rear on Park Avenue. Refreshments will be provided.  It is open to local human service providers and professionals as well as nonprofit and public agencies.

Ron Deutsch, Executive Director of the Fiscal Policy Institute will be the presenter. The forum will address how the proposed federal budget will impact non-profit human service agencies and what will New York state do to address budget cuts. The forum will also discuss how nonprofits can weather the coming storm and how they can participate in advocacy efforts. Data will be released showing the impact of cuts on human service programs such as housing, homeless assistance, health care, education, community development, seniors, youth programs, food stamps, law enforcement, and medical research.

To RSVP or for more information, please contact Melissa Krug at Fiscal Policy Institute atmkrug@fiscalpolicy.org  or John Furman at 315.725.0974/cnycitizenaction@gmail.com.

The House of Representatives is expected soon to take up the Budget Resolution approved by the House Budget Committee which calls for cuts of  $5.7 trillion over ten years from essential services – everything from Medicaid, Medicare, SNAP/food stamps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for poor elderly and people with disabilities, tax credits for low-income workers, K-12 and college education assistance, housing aid, public health services, medical research, environmental and consumer protections, and most other domestic programs.

This meeting is sponsored by Restore Opportunity Now, a statewide coalition of more than 340 human services nonprofit providers.  It is co-sponsored by Central New York Citizen Action, Citizen Action of NY, Fiscal Policy Institute, Hunger Action Network, Human Services Council of New York and FPWA.

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