• Balancing the Budget on the Backs of the Middle Class

    This week, the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on a Balanced Budget Amendment. If passed, the Republican proposal would require deep spending cuts that could jeopardize everything from education and Medicare to nutrition and health programs for at-risk children. Here's a look at the devastating impact this amendment—which has been heartily endorsed by Mitt Romney and his fellow Republican candidates—could have on middle-class Americans.

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    Wondering how a Balanced Budget Amendment would affect you? These are just a few of the ways cuts could play out in states across the country—all while Romney and the Republican candidates are proposing over $200 billion a year in tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest Americans:

    Medicare could be cut by:

    • $2.4 billion in Virginia

    • $4.4 billion in Michigan

    • $1.1 billion in Iowa

    Social Security cuts:

    • $12.9 billion in Florida

    • $3.7 billion in Arizona

    • $5.9 billion in North Carolina

    Medicaid and CHIP could be reduced by:

    • $3.3 billion in Ohio

    • $3.6 billion in Pennsylvania

    • $1.9 billion in Georgia

    Title I budgets for K-12 education could be slashed by:

    • $26.5 million in Colorado

    • $36.9 million in Wisconsin

    • $19.7 in New Mexico

    Click here to download more statistics by state.