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Balancing the Budget on the Backs of the Middle Class

This week, the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on a Balanced Budget Amendment. If passed, the Republican proposal would require deep spending cuts that could jeopardize everything from education and Medicare to nutrition and health programs for at-risk children. Here's a look at the devastating impact this amendment—which has been heartily endorsed by Mitt Romney and his fellow Republican candidates—could have on middle-class Americans.

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Wondering how a Balanced Budget Amendment would affect you? These are just a few of the ways cuts could play out in states across the country—all while Romney and the Republican candidates are proposing over $200 billion a year in tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest Americans:

Medicare could be cut by:

  • $2.4 billion in Virginia

  • $4.4 billion in Michigan

  • $1.1 billion in Iowa

Social Security cuts:

  • $12.9 billion in Florida

  • $3.7 billion in Arizona

  • $5.9 billion in North Carolina

Medicaid and CHIP could be reduced by:

  • $3.3 billion in Ohio

  • $3.6 billion in Pennsylvania

  • $1.9 billion in Georgia

Title I budgets for K-12 education could be slashed by:

  • $26.5 million in Colorado

  • $36.9 million in Wisconsin

  • $19.7 in New Mexico

Click here to download more statistics by state.

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