OccupyButte gets County Commissioners to Pass Social Program Resolution

From OccupyButte: On a 7 to 4 vote the Resolution created by Occupy Butte was passed by the County Council of Commissioners last night.

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Butte-Silver Bow County Council of Commissioners Resolution in Support of Social Programs of Economic Importance to its Citizens (Proposal of Occupy Butte to Judiciary Committee November 9, 2011)

A RESOLUTION URGING THE U.S. CONGRESSMEN REPRESENTING MONTANA VOTE TO DEFEAT ANY REDUCTION OF SOCIAL SECURITY INCOMES AND MEDICARE AND MEDICAID BENEFITS OF CITIZENS OF BUTTE-SILVER BOW COUNTY, AND PROVIDING SUPPORT OF THE EFFORTS OF CITIZEN ADVOCACY FOR REJECTION OF SUCH CUTS.

WHEREAS, the Preamble to the Butte-Silver Bow Charter states the People, recognize “the unique characteristics of our community and” adopt the Charter “in order to improve the quality of life for these and future generations;” and
WHEREAS, the Butte-Silver Bow County Charter states enhancing economic development will improve the health, safety, welfare, and economy of its citizens (Sec. 4.02 (b) 14); and
WHEREAS, the county poverty rate is 15.8%, while 37% of its population is at or below 200% of the federal poverty level; and these citizens rely on Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid; and
WHEREAS, over 20% of Butte’s school age youngsters live below the poverty level and are dependent on social programs; and
WHEREAS, 15% of the county’s residents have health care costs covered by Medicaid; and
WHEREAS, many Butte seniors live below the poverty level and are falling farther into poverty given that phenomenon nationally; and over 16% of Butte residents are 65 years old and older and recipients of Social Security and Medicare or Medicaid; and
WHEREAS, spendable incomes of a significant number of county residents are highly reliant on Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid; and
WHEREAS, delivery of medical services to a significant number of county residents relies on reimbursement from Medicare or Medicaid; and
WHEREAS, many county retailers rely on the income of people on Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid to keep their businesses viable; and
WHEREAS, poverty spawns health problems, criminal activity, and a lower quality of life for the Butte community; and
WHEREAS, the taxes collected by the County include a significant amount derived from people utilizing Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid; and
WHEREAS, any decrease in the income of county residents from cuts to Social Security or reductions in benefits of Medicare and Medicaid will decrease the economic well-being of Butte-Silver Bow residents, increase the County’s poverty levels, and will create an adverse effect on economic development of the County; and
WHEREAS, the US Congress must vote up or down on recommendations made by its deficit reduction “Super Committee” regarding any cuts proposed in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid; and
WHEREAS, it is the duty of the Council of Commissioners of Butte-Silver Bow to act on behalf and in the best interests of the citizens of Butte-Silver Bow; and
WHEREAS, the Council of Commissioners of Butte-Silver Bow is empowered to make such resolutions as may be necessary for the preservation of health, welfare, peace and order;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE CITY AND COUNTY OF BUTTE-SILVER BOW, STATE OF MONTANA, THAT THE CITY-COUNTY OF BUTTE-SILVER BOW SUPPORTS THE EFFORTS OF ALL COUNTY RESIDENTS WHO ADVOCATE THAT CUTS NOT BE MADE TO THESE ESSENTIAL SOCIAL PROGRAMS; AND

THE BUTTE-SILVER BOW COUNCIL OF COMMISSIONERS REQUESTS MONTANA SENATORS MAX BAUCUS AND JON TESTER AND CONGRESSMAN DENNY REHBERG REJECT ANY SUPER COMMITTEE PROPOSAL TO CUT SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE OR MEDICAID.

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