Action Plan for Week of March 27

Monday, March 27

Issue: Colorado Senate Bill CO17-061 Additional Funding Charter School Operating Costs

Sources: Legislative Website;  Article in Denver Post, Sunday, March 26, 2017

Who to call: Your Colorado state senator and representative.

Script: Senate Bill 61 would force districts to divert some local school funding passed by voters in mill-levy away from traditional public schools to charter schools. Charter Schools are not held to the same educational or oversight standards as public schools and districts should be able to make their own decisions about how much funding they should receive.

Two opposing viewpoints in Denver Post Editorials:   Against   For

Tuesday, March 28

Issue: Trump’s “Skinny” Budget Blueprint and the importance of statistical agencies.  Now that the Affordable Care Act is safe for the moment, Congress will turn attention to the budget. However, Trump’s budget blueprint is based on denying facts established by statistical agencies like Bureau of Labor Statistics and Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Who to call: Your national representatives in the House and the Senate.

Script: Without facts, a realistic and equitable budget cannot be achieved. Protect and defend our fact-finding statistical agencies like Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Bureau of Economic Analysis, and the Congressional Budget Office. These non-partisan agencies need to be funded to do their work so that you can make informed decisions that benefit citizens.

Sources:

Catherine Rampell (Washington Post): “Doesn’t Add Up” On the Media Podcast (see about 19 minutes into the podcast).  She explains why the 3.5% projected growth rate in Trump’s budget blueprint is not only completely unrealistic but also scary. Also, the effect of defunding and discrediting statistical agencies like the.

Paul Waldman (Washington Post article): Why Liberals Should be Happy about Trump’s appalling budget.

Wednesday, March 29

Issue: (From Jen Hoffman’s weekly action list) Redistricting – Voters should choose their politicians, not the other way around.

Actions: 1) Support Common Cause at the national level and, 2) Contact your state Representatives and Senators to tell them to work with Common Cause to support a fair redistricting proposal.

Sources:

National (Common Cause)Common Cause v. Rucho lawsuit against the North Carolina Republican Party could, if it reaches the Supreme Court, have partisan gerrymandering declared unconstitutional in all 50 states.

Colorado

Thursday, March 30

Issue: Oppose No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion H.R. 7 undermines a woman’s right to make her own health choices. Urge them to co-sponsor the EACH Woman bill (H.R. 771) that would protect those rights. I first posted about this issue the week of February 20 – 25. It showed up in Jen Hoffman’s weekly action list this week so it is time to call again.

Source 1   Source 2   Source 3

Who to Call: Your U.S. Senators

Script: I am asking you to vote against “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion” (H.R. 7) and instead co-sponsor the “EACH Woman” bill (H.R. 771) H.R. 7 would prohibit the use of federal funds for health plans that cover abortion. That means that those who have received tax credits for buying insurance will lose those credits if their insurance happens to cover abortion. This bill uses the tax code for social engineering. It would require the IRS to check the contents of everyone’s health insurance. It is cumbersome, costly, and discriminatory. Please vote AGAINST H.R. 7. H.R. 771 would protect a woman’s right to make her own choices about health care.

Details:  “H.R. 7 — 115th Congress: No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2017.” February 19, 2017

Article from Slate that decodes the language.  Under this provision, “no credit shall be allowed under the internal revenue laws … with respect to amounts paid or incurred for a health benefits plan (including premium assistance) that includes coverage of abortion.” So if the insurance you bought under the health care law covers abortion, the tax credit you were going to get for buying the insurance is nullified. And if you’ve already received the tax credit, the IRS will force you to send it back. Among other things, Rosenbaum noted, the bill would require the IRS to “police the contents” of everyone’s insurance coverage and “recoup” tax reductions from them.

Friday, March 31

Action: Thank Cory Gardner for his role in defending Medicaid Expansion Programs.

Alternative Action: If you have already done that, go to 5 Calls and find an issue you are passionate about! This website makes is so easy.

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