State and Local Governments Are in Dire Need of Federal Relief   [open pdf - 242KB]

From the Document: "Millions of firefighters, health care workers, teachers, bus drivers, and other essential workers risk their lives every day to save lives and keep the economy running during the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic. Many of these heroic frontline workers are employed by state and local governments that are currently facing a severe budget crisis. As states and localities grapple with $900 billion in budget shortfalls due primarily to lost revenue, the jobs of these vital workers -- along with crucial services that millions of Americans rely on - are on the line. Already, state and local governments shed nearly 1.2 million jobs between March and July, and their spending fell at a 5.6 percent annual rate in the second quarter of 2020. In the absence of additional federal support, Americans can expect more painful job losses and debilitating cuts to services. After the Great Recession, the slow recovery of state and local government spending delayed the return to pre-crisis levels of unemployment by four years. We cannot make the same mistake again. House Democrats are committed to supporting state, local, and tribal governments so they can avoid devastating service cuts and continue to employ the vital workers who keep us healthy and safe."

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