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Republican Budget Cuts Hurt South Dakota Families

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Executive Director Sam Parkinson in response to House Republicans narrowly passing a budget bill this morning:

“This Republican budget – voted for last week by Senators Mike Rounds and John Thune, and voted for today by Rep. Kristi Noem – takes money out of the pockets of hardworking South Dakota families and gives it to the top 1 percent. It will make drastic cuts to vital programs like Medicare and Medicaid to give huge tax cuts to wealthy corporations and millionaire and billionaires. Even worse, these tax cuts aren’t paid for. The Republican budget will increase the budget deficit by at least $1.5 trillion, which will in turn be used by Republicans as an excuse to make even deeper cuts into programs that help South Dakota families.

“But while Republicans continue to fight to give more and more to the wealthy and special interests, Democrats will continue fighting to give all working families the economic security and opportunity they deserve.”

Here is a closer look at how the Republican budget will hurt South Dakota families:

MEDICARE:

  • The Republican budget calls for nearly $500 billion in cuts to Medicare.
  • In South Dakota, 156,127 people who rely on Medicare are at risk.
  • Medicare beneficiaries make up 18 percent of South Dakota’s total population, including:
    • Seniors: 87 percent of Medicare beneficiaries in South Dakota are seniors.
    • People with disabilities: 13 percent of Medicare beneficiaries in South Dakota have a disability.
    • Women: 58 percent of Medicare beneficiaries in South Dakota are women.
    • Rural communities: Nearly one in four Medicare beneficiaries nationwide live in rural areas.

MEDICAID:

  • The Republican budget calls for more than $1 trillion in cuts to Medicaid – an even deeper cut than Republicans proposed in their health care repeal bills.
  • In South Dakota 109,100 people who rely on Medicaid are at risk.
  • Medicaid beneficiaries make up 14 percent of South Dakota’s total population, including:
    • Adults: 1 in 12 nonelderly adults in South Dakota.
    • Children: 1 in 3 children in South Dakota.
    • Seniors: 1 in 2 nursing home residents in South Dakota.
    • People with disabilities: 2 in 5 people with disabilities in South Dakota.
    • Women: 65 percent of nonelderly Medicaid beneficiaries in South Dakota are women.
    • Rural communities: Medicaid covers one in four nonelderly rural residents nationwide.
    • Veterans: 4,000 veterans in South Dakota rely on Medicaid services.

NUTRITION & INCOME SECURITY PROGRAMS:

  • The Republican budget calls for deep cuts to programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, and Social Security.
  • SNAP helps 96,000 South Dakota families and workers stay out of poverty and keep healthy food on the table.
    • Almost 75 percent of SNAP participants in South Dakota are in families with children.
    • More than 48 percent of SNAP participants in South Dakota are in working families.
    • Almost 27 percent of SNAP participants in South Dakota are in families with members who are seniors or have a disability.
  • In 2016, SNAP benefits added $145 million to South Dakota’s economy, because families spend their SNAP benefits at local grocery stores and other retailers.
  • 21,041 South Dakotans rely on Social Security Disability Insurance, which workers pay into so they can support their families if they develop a severe disability.

TAX CUTS FOR WEALTHY:

  • By passing their budget, Republicans have cleared the first hurdle in moving forward to a vote on a tax bill that has been written in secret and few have seen. If the Republican tax plan were to pass:
  • The richest one percent of South Dakota residents would receive 62 percent of the state’s total tax cuts in 2018. These households are projected to earn at least $589,600 next year and would see an average tax cut of $129,120 in 2018.
  • In stark contrast, middle-class South Dakotans would only receive 5 percent of the state’s total tax cuts. These households would only get an average tax cut of $500 in 2018.
  • Millionaires alone would get 54 percent of the state’s total tax cuts. Their average tax cut would be 532 times the tax cut middle class families would get.
  • 7 percent of South Dakota households would face a tax hike if the GOP tax plan was in effect in 2018.

OTHER CUTS:

  • CUTS TO EDUCATION AND TRAINING: Nationwide, the Republican budget cuts close to $200 billion from services like Pell Grants and student loan assistance over the next decade.

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Honoring Veterans – on a Bipartisan Basis

On Veterans Day, we recognize the sacrifices men and women in the armed services have made to protect the freedoms we enjoy everyday. In Custer county, no political party claims a monopoly honoring veterans.

Today, Custer County Democrats & Custer County Republicans are jointly sponsoring refreshments for veterans and guests at the Veterans’ Day program on 11-11-13 at the Custer Armory.

Special thanks to US Marine Dean Kurtz, Custer County Democrats Chair, for teaming up with his Republican counterparts for this special occasion. Our veterans deserve no less.

 

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Programs in S.D. lift veterans’ job outlook →

Chairman’s note: With Veterans Day this week, we recognize the sacrifice our service members have made in protection of our fundamental American ideals: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  Please join us in committing ourselves to ensure for our veterans the same promise they protected for us, so no veterans return jobless, homeless, or without hope. Make a contribution to veterans organizations in your community today: http://www.sddp.org/veterans-organizations/

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Sen. Tim Johnson says $1 million grant will help homeless SD military veterans →

Chairman’s Note: While Congresswoman Noem has failed to pass a farm bill in the House, Senator Johnson has been working hard for South Dakota veterans. Now, one non-profit in Sioux Falls will be able to support 25 more veterans currently without a home. That’s the sign of a real commitment to our veterans. Thank you, Senator Johnson.

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Hearing focuses on challenges active troops and veterans face →

Chairman’s Note: Senator Johnson isn’t on FOX news everyday, like Senator Thune and Representative Kristi Noem. He isn’t on the Daily Show either. He doesn’t chase cameras or push controversies. What he never ignores, however, is hard work for the people of South Dakota. A tireless advocate for our troops, Johnson is working to increase consumer protections for our service members. It doesn’t get headlines. But unlike headlines, it matters. And South Dakota’s service members are stronger for it.

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Nesselhuf Statement on Stephanie Herseth Sandlin

South Dakota Democratic Party Chairman Ben Nesselhuf released the following statement after former Congresswoman Stephanie Herseth Sandlin announced that she will not run for office in 2012:

“South Dakotans are calling for an alternative to Congresswoman Kristi Noem’s efforts to end Medicare as we know it and to increase taxes on working families. Matt Varilek and Jeff Barth will continue to focus on solutions for South Dakota instead of obstruction in Washington. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin will remain a source of leadership, insight, and determination through this election and many more to come.”

Matt Varilek, former Economic Development Director for Senator Tim Johnson, and Minnehaha County Commissioner Jeff Barth are seeking the Democratic nomination for South Dakota’s lone congressional seat. More information on both candidates can be found at www.mattforsd.com and www.jeffbarth.com or by following them on Facebook at Matt for SD and Jeff Barth for Congress.

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Why Veterans Matter

President John F. Kennedy taught us:

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.

As we celebrate Veterans Day, we must acknowledge that today is more than about giving thanks. It is about demonstrating a commitment to those who have so honorably served all of us—showing the men and women who have nobly worn our country’s uniform that we will stand up and in turn serve them.

Today is also about living out a commitment to the families who stand at the ready as their loved ones experience what most of us will never comprehend. We are a better country for what our veterans, active-duty military, and their families sacrifice—but we do no good if we do not recognize the continuing strains of war once our service members return home.

This Veterans Day, we remember. As Democrats, we have also committed to doing more. We are living by these words through:

Our work is not done—and will continue long after all troops come home. But today, we are reminded to never forget why veterans matter. Continue Reading »

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Johnson, Petraeus seek financial help for soldiers →

Chairman’s Note: Senator Tim Johnson hosted Holly Petraeus, assistant director of the Office of Servicemember Affairs at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, to protect our servicemembers from predatory lending and financial abuse. The truth is, our military members are disproportionately targeted by pawnshops and payday lenders that surround military bases. It’s long past time that we stand up for our soldiers as they stand up for us.

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Johnson, Petraeus seek financial help for soldiers →

The wife of retired Gen. David Petraeus said members of the military, their families and veterans often face the same enemy as other people: financial stress. Continue Reading »

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Consumer Protection for Military Servicemembers Examined →

Chairman’s Note: Senator Tim Johnson is holding hearings this week on consumer protections for our servicemembers. Our nation’s finest are often targets of predatory lending, undue foreclosure, and financial burden. We’re glad Senator Johnson is highlighting this uncovered issue and seeking solutions for our servicemembers.

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