NEW YORK’S PUBLIC SERVICES ARE AT RISK!
AT STAKE: Cuts to essential services! Furloughs! Layoffs!
A decrease in our quality of life as New Yorkers!
TELL CONGRESS: NEW YORK DESERVES BETTER!
Learn more about the coming economic crisis that could decimate our quality of life and the services we all rely on!
With New York at the epicenter of the current public health crisis unlike anything we’ve ever seen before, our state’s recently-enacted budget will not be able to handle the coming economic crisis, without huge cuts to vital services and programs New Yorkers depend on every day.
CSEA President Mary E. Sullivan recently warned that the budget is unsustainable for our state and localities without a massive influx of unrestricted aid from our federal government.
Now, it’s time to get EVERY CSEA member fired up and taking a stand to save our state’s public services.
Without federal relief, New York’s public services will be decimated.
- The COVID-19 pandemic has caused massive revenue losses and unemployment for state and local governments as we social distance and fight this crisis.
- The recently passed state budget promises serious economic distress for all New Yorkers. We are living in a new economic reality that cannot sustain the services New Yorkers need—from mental health and public health, to sanitation services and job placement.
- The very services that New Yorkers are relying on to get us through this unprecedented crisis may disappear if we do not receive billions in federal aid.
- The very workers who are showing up every day to ensure our health, safety, and way of life will soon be faced with massive layoffs.
Direct and unrestricted aid to state and local governments is desperately needed to fund the front lines and to cushion the economic blow.
- State and local governments are putting massive resources into fighting this pandemic on the front lines. We can’t leave their economies shattered as we pull through this crisis.
- New York cannot weather the estimated $15 billion loss in revenue to our state and local governments without a commitment for robust federal aid.
- $200 billion is needed nationally for local governments, along with the flexibility in how our state and local governments can use the funds to adapt to a rapidly changing reality, not just to pay for COVID-related expenses.
Increase Medicaid funding now
- Although the second Families First Coronavirus Response Act increased Federal Medicaid match to states by 6.2%, it’s simply not enough.
- As a growing population turns to Medicaid services, we need an increase in funding to ensure that the program is fully funded and that local governments can continue to provide all critical services.
Congress needs to act NOW
- The simple fact is our schools, local governments, and the State of New York need billions in direct and unrestricted aid immediately to prevent disaster.
- Just as our essential workers are putting their communities first, it is time for congress to act NOW to save New York.
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One last way you can take action...
We can’t talk about taking advantage of federal funding without reminding everyone to make sure they’ve filled out their U.S. Census Form. Our state relies on an accurate census count to fund many state and local government programs, many administered and staffed by CSEA members.
In the last census count, it was estimated that 31% of our population failed to respond to the Census. That cost New York $120 Billion in federal funding. An incredible amount of funding that could have helped support our jobs and the services we provide.
For more about CSEA and the Census, including to enter our iPad contest giveaway, visit our Census information page.