The economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to cripple our state and local governments, including school districts and community colleges. Across the nation, as many as 275,000 teachers and school workers could potentially lose their jobs. And in California, K-12 funding could be cut by as much as 15%.
Despite this sober news, this week Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said it would be better to force cities and states into bankruptcy instead of providing local governments with the resources and support we need during this global crisis.
Forcing our cities and states into bankruptcy is shameful and indefensible. To protect our economy and our communities from the devastation of COVID-19, we need a massive reinvestment in public services. We must fund state and local governments, public schools and the U.S. Postal Service over prioritizing bailouts for billionaires and corporations.
Please sign the petition today, and make it clear to Senator McConnell that you oppose his plan to force our states to go bankrupt in the middle of fighting COVID-19.