Dale from Leeds, MA

Faces of the Federal Budget

We didn't have a lot of money growing up; Pell grants, jobs, and federal student loans enabled me to go to college and grad school. I struggled for years with the weight of student loans, but now am close to paying them off and am incredibly grateful for the opportunities they afforded. Were it not for these programs, I would be left with very few opportunities in the rural community I came from. It was during the recession, and decent jobs were very scarce. I now have a great job in a non-profit organization that I love, and am married with four children. I happily pay my taxes, not only so my kids can have access to a quality public education, but also so others can access services such as SNAP, health care, and educational assistance. I would pay more if it meant strengthening meaningful programs that help struggling families.

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