Real tax reform needed to save Head Start

I was disheartened when I read that sequestration is to blame for cuts to Northeast Michigan’s Head Start programs.

As the article states, this will lead to shortened school days and a reduced quality of education for our state’s children.

These cuts are of course part of nationwide, automatic spending cuts known as sequestration, aimed to create $1.2 trillion in reductions over the next nine years. This is further proof of Washington’s inability to work together and reinforces my view that they must replace the sequester with larger, more gradual spending reductions and pro-growth tax reform – not a poorly thought-out, stop-gap measure like the sequester.

A big deal one that’s big enough to avoid another fiscal showdown any time soon would need to look at our entitlement programs, which will be the true drivers of our debt, and figure out how to tweak them so as to cut costs over the long term. Similarly, Congress and the President need to figure out how to reform the tax code in order to raise the money needed to pay for the vital services we all want our government to provide – like Head Start in Michigan and across the U.S.

As a member of the Michigan Chapter of the Campaign to Fix the Debt, a non-profit, bipartisan organization pushing to alter the unsustainable long-term trajectory of our national debt, I hope Senators Levin and Stabenow and our members in the U.S. House of Representatives will make an effort to ensure that our representatives on Capitol Hill address long-term solutions that address our growing debt in order to ensure a sound fiscal future for our nation.

Education and other services depend on it.

Kathy Hayes