2016 Federal Budget: Opinions and Reactions

February 12, 2015

The 2016 Federal Budget is out and everyone is buzzing about what is and isn't a top priority. We're pretty excited to see education and job opportunity as a few key propenents in the budget. Interested in hearing what everyone else thinks. Read opinions and reactions to the budget below.

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Opinions & Reactions

Coalition for Human Needs: The FY 2016 Federal Budget – President Obama’s Budget Makes Useful Investments Towards Raising Incomes and
Restoring Opportunity


The President’s FY 2016 budget is built from a recognition that America’s middle class has suffered serious losses, and that the routes to a middle class living standard are increasingly blocked. The budget’s “Middle Class Economics” provides a set of multi-generational investments: helping today’s workers and improving children’s life chances. The budget takes modest but useful steps to create jobs and economic growth through infrastructure repair and invests in apprenticeships, other proven forms of job training, and subsidized jobs to prepare workers for better jobs. It recognizes that economic security requires reduced costs for child care, health insurance, and paid leave. It makes education a priority, taking steps to realize a vision of universal pre-school and universal community college and undoing some of the past cuts to K-12 education. It also makes it easier to save for retirement, addressing another economic security gap.

Read the full reaction from CHN here.













Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: Statement of Robert Greenstein on the President’s 2016 Budget


President Obama is proposing a surprisingly ambitious budget that would make progress — in some cases modest, in others large — in various areas in which policy sclerosis has prevented the nation from addressing significant problems.  It would expand opportunity, especially for children; reform various programs and tax incentives to make them more effective; and help large numbers of middle- and low-income families while scaling back inefficient tax shelters that mainly benefit those at the top. 

Read this full statement here.