2008-02-08 / Community

Weiner: Bush Budget Slams New York City

According to analysis conducted this week by the Offices of Representatives Anthony Weiner and Jerrold Nadler, the budget proposed by President George Bush severely slashes important services from New York City. The cuts, which include millions for New York cops, homeland security, healthcare, housing and education, were part of the President's just released FY 2009 budget.

"For the eighth year in a row, the Bush budget cuts City core services to pay for wealthy tax breaks," said Weiner. "The President is gutting the Medicare program by pounding the institutions that are our safety net providers."

"The latest Bush budget proposal is an insult to the hard working taxpayers of New York," said Nadler. "It is a continuation of his 'more of the same' policy of increasing debt and fiscal responsibility. In New York alone, his proposal would gut vital public health, safety and education programs. This is a time that we should be investing in - and not seeking to undermine - our economy."

Healthcare Cuts • Budget proposes cutting Medicare by $178 billion over the next five years. • Proposed cut in federal support for teaching hospitals by more than half. • Funding for 9/11 health care would be slashed from $108 million to only $25 million, a 77% decrease. The program that provides medical monitoring and treatment for first responders, residents, students, and others whose health was affected by the collapse of the World Trade Center is expected to need more than $200 million this year alone. • Reimbursements for hospitals treating large numbers of low-income patients, such as New York City's three million uninsured, would be cut by $20.6 billion over the next five years.

Homeland Security Cuts • New York City would get $6.7 million less from the State Homeland Security Grant Program than in 2006. • For the 7th year in a row, Bush zeroes out the C.O.P.S. program. Under funding levels signed into law by the President in January 2006, New York City should have gotten an estimated $2.4 million dollars, enough funding to hire 53 new police officers. • New York City would receive absolutely nothing, zero, from Bush's proposed elimination of the SCAAP program, which is used to d

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