Clergy group asks Oklahoma lawmakers to consider impact of budget cuts on the poor

Clergy group asks Oklahoma lawmakers to consider impact of budget cuts on the poor

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Daniel Billingsley, vice president of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, and Danielle Ezell, executive director of the Oklahoma Women's Coalition, said their organizations were extremely concerned about proposals to cut tax credit and health care programs.

“We are opposed to cutting these tax credits because it will disproportionately impact women in our state who already have so many hurdles to economic security,” Ezell said.

Billingsley said the bulk of the nearly 19,000 nonprofits in Oklahoma work with people in poverty. He said cutting or ending tax credit programs that aid the indigent might seem like a small amount of money “but really could mean the world to someone living in poverty.” 

Billingsley also said nonprofits are already stretched thin trying to help the less fortunate and they cannot make up the difference in massive cuts to core services.

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The Oklahoman
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