The Nuns On The Bus Tour Will Be Stopping in Grand Rapids, Jackson and Detroit on Saturday, June 23rd
About the Tour
Every hour of each day, Catholic Sisters stand in solidarity with all who live in poverty, and we confront injustice and systems that cause suffering.
We cannot stand by silently when the U.S. Congress considers further enriching the wealthiest Americans at the expense of struggling, impoverished families.
As part of our campaign for budget fairness we are taking a bus trip. Our bus will travel to places in many states where Sisters actively serve people in need. For they are our best witnesses to the suffering our federal government must not ignore.
We ask all who visit this website to join us in prayer and to support our work to defeat government actions that would add to the suffering of already struggling families.
This bus trip has been organized and is sponsored by NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, and the NETWORK Education Program.
How the Ryan Budget Hurts Michigan
- Cuts $67.7 million out of Michigan’s Head Start budget over two years
- Eliminates 9,471 Head Start preschool slots for Michigan children over two years
- Results in 3,060 lost jobs over two years
- Cuts more than $101 million out of special education funding for Michigan
- Affects nearly 54,000 special education students in Michigan
- Reduces educational services for 148,400 disadvantaged Michigan students by 2014
- Results in 1,470 job losses
- 1,304,000 fewer Michigan seniors and children receive health care
- Between 140,989 and 149,178 Michigan jobs lost over five years, mostly in the private sector
Health insurance for small businesses and their employees
- Ends tax credit that would help 99,570 Michigan small business offer health insurance to their employees
- Takes an average of $897 out of the pocket of the approximately 583,800 Michigan small business employees who would be helped by the tax credit to their employers to purchase health insurance
Medicare prescription drugs
- Costs Michigan seniors approximately $51,034,000 a year
- Takes approximately $580 a year out of the pockets of 87,500 Michigan seniors.
Supplementary Nutrition/Food Stamps
- 4,357 fewer Michigan jobs
- 187 million fewer meals for low-income Michigan families