Even with everything our members, frontline workers, and communities have done during this crisis, our students will have even greater needs when our schools ultimately reopen. Public services have been stretched to the max, after years of underfunding. For the foreseeable future, our communities will be coping with the loss of family and friends, record levels of unemployment, and an economic crisis on par with the Great Depression.
If we are going to survive as a nation, we will need a massive reinvestment in public services. We must fund state and local governments, public school systems, and the U.S. Postal Service to keep them afloat during this tough time. After a decade of austerity politics, state and local public services are dealing with unprecedented demands—at the same that time tax revenues are cratering.
Please add your name to this letter today, and tell Congress to include investments in state and local governments in COVID-19 recovery.