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Do you ever wonder why the wealthiest country in the world has so little money to feed the hungry, educate the youth, care for seniors, provide universal health care, fix the potholes, house the homeless, ensure clean water, guarantee safe bridges and dams?
Alder Richard Furlow, chair of the Board of Alders’ Human Services Committee, invites you to participate in a public hearing on Thursday, January 26 at 6 p.m. in the Alder Chamber of City Hall, 165 Church St.
The hearing concerns a resolution submitted by the New Haven Peace Commission. It seeks to stimulate a public discussion on what “the extent of the city’s public and human services needs are, what the gaps are between the city’s needs and all funds provided by taxes, grants and debt, and how those gaps could be met by reducing the annual national military budget.”
Alder Furlow asks that you imagine if -- in a perfect world -- what sort of budget would your department need to accomplish all of its goals and what would you do with the additional funds. Due to enormous military funding, our cities are not provided with the financial support they need to meet human needs and improve the infrastructure. The Peace Commission resolution hopes to correct this situation.
The resolution follows a nonbinding referendum on the 2012 city ballot which asked: “Shall Congress reduce military spending; transfer funds to convert to civilian production; create jobs to rebuild our infrastructure; and meet pressing human needs?” The referendum passed overwhelmingly, by nearly six to one.
The annual cost of past, present and future wars is $1.2 TRILLION. This is double the nominal Pentagon budget, which itself is 54%, $600 billion, of the Federal discretionary budget. All other programs have to share what remains.