We all know the state takes money from the workers and gives most of it to the rich. Here is a model for creating alternative budgets, useful as organizing tools to create visions and movements towards different social and economic arrangements.
About the authors
Born in Sheffield, England, John Loxley came to Manitoba in 1974 to work for the NDP. He became deeply involved for many years with several Aborignal organizations. In 1977, Loxley became a Professor of Economics and the University of Manitoba and later became the head of the department. In 1991, Loxley formed ChoÂ¡cesâ”A Caoalition For Social Justiceâ”in response to the neo-conservative policy decisions being made by the Winnipeg City Council and the Government of Manitoba. Loxley received the Joe Zuken Citizen Activist Award in 200 for outstanding contribution to the social, political, and cultural life of Winnipeg.
The strongest weapon in the arsenal of the right wing these days is the popular misconception that there is no alternative. That's why the alternative budgets developed by social justice coalitions such as CHO!CES and the CCPA since the early '90s have been so important. They show that governments can be both fiscally responsible and still deliver the kinds of programs Canadians want. Show Us the Money is an excellent primer to help you figure out what alternatives are available - or even get started on creating your own alternative budget. - Linda McQuaig, author of Shooting the Hippo and The Cult of ImpotenceGovernment budgets show more than just fiscal goals - they reveal whether a government has the welfare of its citizens at heart. This book helps encourage people to analyze, understand, and challenge budgets, which in turn helps oblige governments to put people first. - Bob White, President, Canadian Labour Congress