Independent Sector Statement on FY 2018 Senate Budget

(WASHINGTON, October 2, 2017) — The following statement is from Daniel J. Cardinali, president and CEO of Independent Sector:

“The Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Senate Budget Resolution released Friday is fundamentally inconsistent with Independent Sector’s Statement of Beliefs Regarding Federal Tax and Spending Policies.

We believe in the power of a strong partnership between government and the charitable sector. Charitable organizations generate creative, local solutions to complex issues every day. At the same time, government plays a unique and indispensable role in providing for our communities, especially the most vulnerable, at a scale that cannot be replicated by civil society.

Much like the budget resolution passed by the House, the proposed imbalance of cuts to non-defense spending over time would negatively affect charitable organizations’ capacity to pursue our missions as well as the communities and individuals we serve. We believe that the pursuit of fiscal policy should not threaten to increase poverty or widen inequality. The philanthropic and charitable community cannot fill the gap in resources and services that would be created by the fiscal direction proposed by Congressional leaders.

As tax and spending debates continue, we urge policymakers to reconcile differences to work toward fiscal policies that strengthen our communities and improve lives for all Americans.”


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Kristina Gawrgy Campbell

Types: Policy Update, Press Release
Global Topics: Administration, Congress, IS Staff, Public Policy
Policy Issues: Charitable Deduction, Charitable Giving, Federal Budget & Fiscal Policy, Tax & Fiscal Policy
  • Monica R Gray

    As a former participant in the federally funded Welfare to Work Program, I was disheartened to find that the pursuit of education is actively discouraged by participants, and federal policy is in favor of “taking the first job offered,” even if it is low paying, and at a high opportunity cost. My son has had three heart surgeries, and taking him to numerous appointments to keep him alive and thriving prevented me from attending the mandatory activity, which caused unfair sanctions to be levied against me at a County level. The local agencies who get the money are limited by federal policies, that mandate keeping “butts in the seats,” and do not look at individuals, or the impact these policies have on the lives of participants. I was forced to watch a violent movie on Netflix, by a Job Club facilitator, instead of being allowed to speak to a college counselor about attending the next semester. When holiday break was about to start, and essential employees would be leaving, time was of the essence for me, and this unnecessary delay put me behind schedule to complete my educational goals. Inefficient systems run by county governments, and milked by organizations like Goodwill, do little to help job seekers, and only serve to create billing opportunities. I highlighted this issue to the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, and that program was discontinued, for waste, fraud and abuse. I want to see changes made that respect the unique composition of families,identify their barriers to success, and ways they may participate that may not involve “putting butts in seats,” or taking the first crappy job offered, if their time was better spent volunteering or doing career exploration.

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