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Trump’s Budget: Massive Cuts Would Hurt

Workers, Economy

President Trump’s budget slashes critical programs for low-income people, placing

millions at risk of hunger, homelessness, and unstable employment. The budget takes

from the coffers of SNAP, job training, and public education while increasing defense

spending by $54 billion. If enacted, it would significantly undermine workers and

the economy.

Statement on President Trump’s budget

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President Trump's speech continues assault

on vulnerable communities

In his joint address to Congress, President Trump divided the country—portraying

immigrants, communities of color, and poor and low-income people as burdens on

society. He also outlined policy proposals, including repealing the ACA and

block-granting Medicaid, that would hurt these populations. Meanwhile, he was

silent on proposals that would provide everyone paid family leave and make

child care more affordable.

Statement on President Trump’s speech

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Block-granting Medicaid would reduce

access to health care

Following the 2016 election, policymakers began earnest discussions about

block-granting Medicaid. This restructuring of Medicaid financing, which is

completely unnecessary, would undermine state budgets and reduce access to

health care. In a new report, CLASP draws on lessons learned from TANF and

CCDBG to demonstrate how block grants would hurt Medicaid.

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concrete change for low-income people

Policy Opportunities

CLASP is driving important policy change that helps poor and low-income people, including expanding access to post secondary education and workforce training; improving jobs through paid leave and fair scheduling; providing affordable, high-quality child care and early education; increasing education and employment for youth of color; and strengthening programs to help meet basic needs.


CLASP is a national, nonpartisan, anti-poverty nonprofit advancing policy solutions for low-income people. Working at the federal, state, and local levels, we develop practical yet visionary strategies for reducing poverty, promoting economic security, and addressing barriers faced by people of color. We combine a wide range of strategies for maximum impact, including two-generation approaches.

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The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) can help low-income, low-skilled workers overcome barriers to education and employment. CLASP’s Game Plan breaks down what you need to know to implement the law, advocate effectively with decision makers, and help families and individuals climb the economic ladder.

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Doubling down in states, keeping the vision alive.  CLASP is standing up against President Trump’s damaging policies and defending programs that work for poor and low-income people.


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