Federal Spending action

Federal Spending action
Following the Penny Poll conducted in May, members of PPJ will be writing letters and sending faxes to those in decision-making roles for  tax dollar spending. Attached here and below are the Penny Poll results, some info on the new defense spending bill passed the other day in the House, and contact info for our Maine representatives and the White House. One suggestion is to  print out the penny poll results, append some comments and mail or fax to whomever you choose. You may also want to print out the list of contact information for future use. Budget and spending initiatives are so completely out of line with people’s needs and public opinion… and growing worse all the time. Please take a few moments to contact your representatives.
Thank you, PPJ

Press release published:
P.O. Box 1515, Blue Hill 04614

Federal Tax Spending Survey Results Announced

BLUE HILL – Public surveys on federal spending have been held in several Maine towns during the months of April and May, conducted by local community organizations. In Blue Hill, the “Penny Poll” was conducted by Peninsula Peace & Justice on May 21st at Tradewinds Marketplace. 120 passersby participated. Each was given ten pennies to spend in any combination on ten federal budget categories.
            Results show (see attached piechart) that Education is most popular, earning 22% of votes cast, followed by Health Care (19.25%), Environment (18%), Food and Agriculture (10.5%), Veterans Support (8 %), Transportation (7 %), Housing (6 %), Interest on the National Debt (5%), Defense (2.25%), and Government (2%). There were lively discussions and diverse opinions offered, and many expressed hope that the results would not only be published locally, but would be sent to elected representatives both in Maine and in Washington.
            Details of how the actual 2010 Federal Budget was allocated are available at nationalpriorities.org (categories of spending and dollar amounts taken from Budget of the United States Government, Public Budget Database).
            Peninsula Peace & Justice is a Blue Hill organization that has been providing community education on local, national and global issues since 1999.

House Boosts Military Budget

 read the whole article here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43688283/#
WASHINGTON <http://ezurl.co/19646f1> — Money for the Pentagon and
the nation’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is proving largely immune from the budget-
cutting that’s slamming other government agencies in the rush to bring down the deficit.

On a 336-87 vote Friday, the Republican-controlled House overwhelmingly backed a
$649 billion defense spending bill that boosts the Defense Department budget by $17 billion.
The strong bipartisan embrace of the measure came as White House and congressional
negotiators face an Aug. 2 deadline on agreeing to trillions of dollars in federal
spending cuts and raising the borrowing limit so the U.S. does not default on debt payments.

While House Republican leaders agreed to slash billions from the proposed budgets for
other agencies, hitting food aid for low-income women, health research, energy
efficiency and much more, the military budget is the only one that would see a double-digit
increase in its account beginning Oct. 1


Congressman Michael Michaud
Bangor, Maine
6 State Street , Suite 101
Suite 205
Bangor, ME 04401
Phone: 207-942-6935
Fax: 207-942-5907
Washington DC
1724 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515-1902
Phone: 202-225-6306
Fax: 202-225-2943
http://www.michaud.house.gov/ <http://www.michaud.house.gov/>
Congresswoman Chellie Pingree
Portland Office at (207) 774-5019, fax (207) 871-0720
2 Portland Fish Pier  Suite 304 Portland, ME 04101
..or at Washington, DC Office at (202) 225-6116, fax (202) 225-5590
1037 Longworth HOB Washington, DC 20515
http://www.pingree.house.gov/contact/index.shtml <http://www.pingree.house.gov/contact/index.shtml>
Senator Susan Collins
413 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-2523
Fax: (202) 224-2693
Bangor State Office:
P.O. Box 655
202 Harlow Street, Room 204
Bangor, ME 04402
Main: (207) 945-0417
http://collins.senate.gov <http://collins.senate.gov>

Senator Olympia Snowe

Mailing Address:
154 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-5344
Toll Free: (800) 432-1599
Fax: (202) 224-1946

Bangor State Office:
202 Harlow St
Suite 214
Bangor, ME 04401
Main: (207) 945-0432
Fax: (207) 941-9525
http://snowe.senate.gov/public/ <http://snowe.senate.gov/public/>
President Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Comments: 202-456-1111 Switchboard: 202-456-1414
FAX: 202-456-2461
http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/ <http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/>
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

Main address: U.S. Department of State 2201 C Street NW Washington, DC 20520
Main Switchboard: 202-647-4000 TTY:1-800-877-8339 (Federal Relay Service)
Vice-president Biden

The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20500
http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/vice_president_biden/ <http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/vice_president_biden/>


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