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1948 Washington Report 1 (1948)

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2844 Connecticut Av9nue, N.W.
The budget of the United States Government for the fiscal year ending June 30,
1949 was submitted to the Congress on January 12. Detailed analyses of the budget
will be made available to the state taxoayer organizations later on,- and particularly
at the Annual Conference to be held in Washington, D. C., February 16, 17, and 18.
Work on those details now is under way. However, it is recognized that some infor-
mation which in a general way reviews the highlights of the budget proposals could
be helpful. That is the purpose of this memorandum. There is included a tabulation
which presents a resume of budget receipts and expenditures, based on existing and
proposed legislation, for the fiscal year 1949, and comparisons with 1947 and 1948.
Even this kind of preliminary review of the 1949 fiscal year budget would be
incomplete and would lack the proper significnoe if detailed references were not
made to the proposed program of the Administration, as set forth in the Annual Mes-
sage on the State of the Union, delivered by the President on January 7, 1948.
It is generally known by now that there was included in the recommendations
which make up the Administration's program not only almost everything which has been
proposed in the past but also some important new proposals, along with recommenda-
tions for substantial expansion of certain existing programs in the fields of social
security, education, research, etc. Many recommendations dealing with proposals and
projects not specifically mentioned In the State of the Union Message were incladed
in the budget message, so that taken together, a good picutre of planned new spending
proposals is obtained.
The proposals contained in the annual message were grouped under five general
goals, as follows:
1. To secure fully the essential human rights of our citizens.
2. To protect and. develop our human resources.
3. To conserve and use our natural resources so that they can contribute most
effectively to the welfare of our people.
4. To lift the standard of living for all our people by strengthening our eco-
nomic system and sharing more b oadly among our people the goods we produce.
5. To achieve world peace based on principles of freedom and justice and the
equality of all nations.
Under these five general headings the President proposed or recommended action
by the Congress on all the following subjects:
1. Equal opportunity for education, enrloyment and economic advancement with-
out discrimination as to race, creed, color, or land of origin. The President in-
dicated that a special message would be sent to Congress on this subject.
2. Admission to the Union as states for the Territories of Alaska and Hawaii.
3. Extension of the present systems of unemployment compensation, old-age and
survivors insurance bnefits to groups not now covered, and the raising of t,.e bene-
fit levels,

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