How the Ryan Budget Hurts Communities of Color

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Is a budget document a manifestation of your beliefs and values? If so, then communities of color definitely had good reason to be dismayed this week as Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) readied his fiscal year 2015 budget. Once again, the chairman of the House Budget Committee has produced a document that lacks a balanced approach to address the economic challenges we face.

For the past three years, Rep. Ryan’s budget rightly has been met with a good dose of skepticism. Yet some advocates thought that perhaps this year would be different. Rep. Ryan had been talking for months about the need for Republicans to address issues, such as poverty, facing communities of color.

But it was not to be. The reality of Rep. Ryan’s beliefs and values came to light a few weeks ago, when he and the House Republicans released their review of the War on Poverty; it foreshadowed what was to come in his FY 2015 budget.

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