The following press release\u00a0is posted here, unedited, as an information resource only: NEW HAVEN - President Trump\u2019s budget proposal represents a major threat to Connecticut\u2019s economic prosperity, inflicts severe cuts to the programs that serve the most vulnerable children and families in our state, and could dramatically worsen the state\u2019s current fiscal crisis. \u00a0 The proposal slashes nutrition, health care, and other important assistance that helps hundreds of thousands of Connecticut residents meet basic living standards - food on the table, a roof over their heads, and access to health care - while giving new tax breaks to the wealthy and powerful and undermining the long term economic growth and prosperity of the state. The proposal would shift massive costs to Connecticut at a time when our state is already struggling to meet needs for education, transportation and other services. Currently, the state relies of federal funding for one-fifth of its budget. \u00a0 \u201cSlashing these programs would be both unwise and unfair,\u201d said Ellen Shemitz, Executive Director of Connecticut Voices for Children. \u201cConnecticut cannot afford to undermine its long-term wellbeing with program cuts that threaten the very foundations of healthy child development. We need to understand that some cuts never heal.\u201d\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 \u00a0 The President\u2019s proposal includes the following cuts to key programs. \u00a0 The budget would make deep cuts in Medicaid funding, jeopardizing health insurance and access to regular medical care for the more than 318,000 children insured through Medicaid in Connecticut\u2014almost three out of eight children. Medicaid cuts would also endanger health coverage for the 121,000 elderly individuals in the state that rely on the program. The budget assumes these cuts would be in addition to the $880 billion in cuts from Medicaid in the bill the House recently passed to repeal the Affordable Care Act.\u00a0 The President\u2019s proposal would cut funding for the SNAP program (formerly food stamps) by a quarter, putting children at risk of going hungry and becoming sick. In February 2016, more than 233,000 households in Connecticut received SNAP; 35 percent had children. The President\u2019s budget proposal includes cuts to Social Security Disability, affecting 81,000 individuals in Connecticut, and Supplemental Security Income, with more than 64,000 recipients in the state. The President\u2019s budget provides only level funding for the Child Care and Development Block Grant. In Connecticut, unless funding for child care is increased, 1,600 children would lose their child care. \u00a0 About Connecticut Voices for Children:\u00a0\u00a0Connecticut Voices for Children is a research-based child advocacy organization working to ensure that all Connecticut children have an equitable opportunity to achieve their full potential. In furtherance of its mission, Connecticut Voices for Children produces high-quality research and analysis, promotes citizen education, advocates for policy\u00a0change at the state and local level, and\u00a0works to\u00a0develop\u00a0the next generation of\u00a0leaders.