Alliance CEO Statement on Trump Budget

May 24 statement by Susan N. Dreyfus, president and CEO of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, on the Trump administration's budget:

The Trump administration’s budget takes the wrong approach to securing America’s future.

These drastic cuts to reform government fail to recognize and prioritize policies that are essential to building the well-being of families and communities. We know that strong families and communities are integral to a vibrant, thriving economy.

As a network that represents thousands of health and human services professionals who understand the systems that provide the foundational structure for strong families and communities, we believe this approach is short sighted. This budget will not only be devastating to state and local economies, it will put our society at risk by limiting access to programs that lead to positive outcomes for all populations.

While there is a need to improve public systems, the right way to accomplish that is to align resources at the federal and state level with what we know works—an informed approach to policy making that emphasizes prevention and early intervention. Essentially, families need affordable, preventive healthcare, high quality education, employment that provides sustainable income, livable homes in safe neighborhoods, and stable, nurturing relationships. Investing in those key foundations will result in more families achieving their full potential, more communities working together, and a stronger, more prosperous America.

This budget does just the opposite, and on behalf of the nation’s health and human services professionals, we strongly oppose it. We understand that the president's budget is not expected to gain traction, and is the first step in a lengthy process. The Alliance stands ready to work with the administration and Congress toward more effective solutions.

Date Posted: 
Wed, 24 May 2017

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