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Budget and Tax Policy

Government budgets impact the lives of women and girls of all ages. Governments fund K-12 education and student loan programs to educate girls and young women; anti-violence programs, including battered women’s shelters and rape crisis programs to protect women of all ages; and affordable housing programs and nutrition assistance programs for elderly and disabled women. Budgets reveal the priorities of federal, state and local governments. Lawmakers tend to fund programs they view as high-priority at high levels, and conversely, fund low-priority programs at lower levels.

Taxes play a vital and irreplaceable role in our nation. Tax dollars – whether paid to the federal, state or local government – are critical to fund programs that benefit the common good. Our taxes fund programs that people could not individually afford to purchase or produce for themselves, like an education system, Medicare, national security, and road construction.

Like budgets, tax policies also reflect government priorities. They determine which individuals and businesses receive financial relief in the form of tax cuts. These tax cuts are a significant and much-debated aspect of tax policy, often evoking strong ideological reactions. In other words, when governments cut taxes, individuals or businesses benefit at the expense of investing those tax funds in programs such as housing, health care, and education.

YWCA Position

The YWCA believes that budget and tax policies are statements of priorities. The YWCA supports investments in programs that help improve the lives of women and girls.

Fact Sheet - Budget and Tax Policy