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For Immediate Release

Monday, February 01, 2010

“A Lifeline for State and Local Governments”

Washington, DC — Gerald W. McEntee, president of the 1.6 million member American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO (AFSCME), released the following statement regarding President Barack Obama’s Fiscal Year 2011 budget proposal:

“President Obama’s budget proposal will help put Americans back to work, pave the way for economic recovery and support state and local governments as they strive to protect communities during these troubled, challenging times.

“The President’s budget proposal includes important investments in job creation, infrastructure and education. It seeks to ease the pain of millions of unemployed Americans by extending unemployment and COBRA benefits and by providing housing assistance, child care and Headstart.

“With more Americans relying on Medicaid to help pay their medical bills, the President’s proposal to extend Medicaid funding is an important lifeline to state and local governments struggling to stay afloat.

“Without prompt additional federal investment, key services that Americans rely on will be cut to the bone. Governors and state legislators are making budget decisions now for the next fiscal year. They need help and they need it now to keep streets safe, children educated and families in good health.”

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