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For Immediate Release

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

“Save and create American jobs through robust investments in public services”

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 State of the Union address, which is expected to focus on saving and creating jobs as our nation struggles to climb out of the economic crisis:

 “President Obama addresses the nation tonight after pulling the American economy back from the brink of a second Depression.  Unfortunately, we have learned in the past year that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) was not big enough to stimulate a full-scale recovery.  Unless we act now, more Americans –- including nearly a million public employees –- could lose their jobs as current federal investments run out and the vital services Americans need during tough times are cut to the bone. There simply won’t be an economic recovery if Washington turns its back on Main Street USA.
 
 “Economists from all sides of the political spectrum agree that one of the best ways to save and create American jobs is through vigorous investments in public services.  For example, respected economist Mark Zandi, a former advisor to Sen. John McCain, estimates that every dollar invested in public services yields $1.38 in economic growth. 

 “Investing in public sector jobs creates jobs in the private sector.  Federal funding is needed to keep our streets safe, our children educated and our families in good health.  As living, breathing engines of economic development, AFSCME members urge President Obama and members of Congress to focus like a laser beam on saving and creating American jobs by including robust investments in public services in any upcoming jobs legislation.”