Representatives Eileen Cody, Tami Green, Ruth Kagi, Laurie Jinkins, and Dawn Morrell led a group of women legislators calling out the problems for families in the Senate's plan.
They pointed out that, instead of closing a single tax loophole -- many of which have been on the books for decades without any review -- the Senate actually includes 25 more loopholes.
Cuts in the budget plan include:
· Childcare support for more than 4,500 families through Working Connections Childcare;
· TANF Services – A temporary lifeline to struggling families used for the most basic of needs like rent assistance, school supplies and basic hygiene items;
· Funding for career services and educational certification programs for the poor;
· Required health care cost-sharing for low-income individuals, limiting access;
· Transitional housing services for seniors and reduced access to shelters for homeless families;
· Corrections services, leading to early release of offenders;
· Funding to home care services which keep seniors and the disabled from going into nursing homes;
· Support for grandparents caring for their grandchildren, keeping them out of foster care; and
· Legal services for low-income persons who need help to keep their homes.
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