For Immediate Release
Supermajority of Americans Support Stimulus for States, Cities and Towns
Poll reveals widespread bipartisan backing for increasing federal aid to maintain the public services communities rely on as vote on HEROES Act nears.
WASHINGTON - American voters overwhelmingly approve of significant federal funding for states, cities and towns to counter the devastating economic effects of the coronavirus on the economy and vital public services, new polling reveals. And they decisively reject the state bankruptcy alternative proposed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
By a 3-to-1 margin, voters say funding for education, health care and other public services is more important than keeping down government spending and debt, and they are far more concerned that the government won’t spend enough to support the economy than spend too much.
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AFSCME President Lee Saunders said: “There is nothing partisan about wanting your children’s school to be well-staffed, or the garbage to be picked up at your home or business. Democrats, Republicans and independents alike want clean water to come out of the tap. People need the ambulance to show up on time whether they live in red, blue or purple states. If Congress does not act immediately to help our states, cities and towns, these vital services will continue to be threatened, and the everyday heroes who deliver them will be given pink slips. We can beat this pandemic and open the economy if we keep public services strong and public service workers on the job.”
“This survey shows that Americans don’t agree – they refuse to pit the economy against their health and safety and don’t want politicians plunging us into further recession. Americans are watching and will cast their votes accordingly.”
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