Romney-Ryan Budget Would Cost Minnesota $3.8 Billion in Funding For Infrastructure, Education

In light of Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan to serve as his running mate, the Minnesota AFL-CIO is highlighting the policies that Paul Ryan has proposed and Mitt Romney supports to make the top 1% richer at the expense of working families. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the Romney-Ryan budget would end Medicare and slash crucial funds that support Minnesota’s roads, bridges, schools, clean water facilities and community and mental health services. 

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Between 2013 and 2014, the Romney-Ryan budget will slash $420 million from Minnesota. Over the next eight years, $3.8 billion would be cut – all of which means cuts to vital services including early childhood education, law enforcement, infrastructure-building and maintenance, as well as disaster response.  

“With his choice for Vice President, Mitt Romney has shown how out of touch he really is. Paul Ryan wants to end Medicare while his policy proposals make the rich even richer,” said Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson.  Minnesota families are still struggling to find work, pay for health care and afford retirement.  We shouldn’t even consider the possibility of destroying Medicare, cutting Social Security or cutting funding for job training.  Crippling education and allowing more offshoring to give tax cuts to the wealthiest is the last thing we need. The Romney-Ryan budget represents an extreme economic vision for an economy that works for a few, rather than an economy that lifts everyone up.”