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Easterseals Principles on Fiscal Policy and Tax Reform

Approved by the Easterseals Board of Directors
October 20, 2017

Individuals with disabilities disproportionately rely on government services to live, learn, and work in their communities. These life-changing services and supports—such as health care, early intervention, education, job training, and long-term supports—are often only available through the federal government when the private marketplace is unable to meet the needs of people with disabilities. As a national provider of community supports and services for individuals with disabilities, Easterseals knows that timely access to appropriate services empowers individuals with disabilities to live with greater independence and to need fewer services and supports over their lifetimes.

Easterseals supports a rigorous debate on policies and strategies to grow the economy, improve our nation’s fiscal health, and strengthen and protect social programs for our country’s most vulnerable populations. Proposals related to the federal budget, tax reform, deficit reduction, and strategic investments may have a direct impact on the lives of children and adults with disabilities. Easterseals policy decisions on fiscal policy and tax reform will be based on the following principles:

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