FACES OF AUSTERITY 2.0
How Budget Cuts Continue to Make Us Sicker, Poorer and Less Secure
CUTS HURT ACROSS AMERICA
In Washington, lawmakers and wonks think about budgets in terms of numbers, dollar signs, and decimal points. But beyond the Beltway, there are faces behind the numbers. Even seemingly “small” changes in federal spending can have a big impact on Americans who rely upon and benefit from federally funded programs.
In many ways, the true impact of austerity has been masked behind the numbers. You have to talk to Americans, face-to-face, if you really want to understand the effects of budget cuts. In our first report, Faces of Austerity: How Budget Cuts Have Make Us Sicker, Poorer, and Less Secure, we told the stories of those who had been impacted most by Washington’s failure to preserve the programs that keep us all healthy, safe, and educated.
Faces of Austerity 2.0: How Budget Cuts Continue to Make Us Sicker, Poorer, and Less Secure tells the stories of 10 individuals and communities that continue to suffer austerity’s impact across nondefense sectors—education, job training, public health, safety and security, housing, childcare, nutrition, and natural resources.