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For Immediate Release

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

AFSCME Radio Ad Warns of Jobs Bill that Causes Job Loss

Ad Calls on Senators to Restore State Funding in Jobs Bill

Washington, DC — 

Following the House of Representatives decision to drop state fiscal relief and subsidized health benefits for the unemployed from the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act (H.R. 4213), AFSCME has launched a six-figure, multi-state radio ad campaign aimed at getting the Senate to restore the funding.

“Helping states with their budget shortfalls is critical to keeping our economy going in the right direction and keeping the deficit from exploding,” said AFSCME Pres. Gerald W. McEntee. “Without funding, hundreds of thousands of people will lose their jobs – and those job losses will mean a big setback at a time when our country is finally starting to create jobs. Job loses will also mean bigger deficit, since layoffs will result in less tax revenue and an increased reliance on public services.”

While Congress is expected to revisit these issues after the Memorial Day recess, McEntee said, “People in every state are struggling to find jobs. Unless the Senate acts to restore the funding levels, the so-called Jobs Bill will actually put more people out of work.”

The six figure radio campaign will run during the congressional recess in Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, Ohio, and Virginia.