“Even our kids can understand” that more jobs now mean less long-term debt

June 21st, 2010


New AFSCME, Americans United for Change Ad in Maine: “Even our kids can understand” that more jobs now mean less long-term debt


Ad addresses deficit concerns, urges Sens. Snowe and Collins to support jobs bill




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Washington DC -- The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and Americans United for Change kicked off an anticipated six-figure television advertising campaign in Maine on Monday, urging U.S. Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins to support a jobs bill that extends unemployment insurance for Mainers who have lost their jobs and invests $84 million to help states avoid massive new layoffs.


Senators Snowe and Collins refused to allow the jobs bill the chance to receive an up-or-down vote last week, citing deficit concerns.  The ad, which features black and white images of children, addresses those concerns by noting that the more jobs Mainers have now, the less debt we will have in the future, since jobs supply revenue to the treasury and keep people off public assistance. 


“It’s very simple – more jobs now mean less debt later.  If Senators Snowe and Collins are truly concerned about the deficit, then they need to vote for this jobs bill – especially as unemployment hovers near ten percent, and 900,000 more workers face the threat of lay-offs,” said Gerald W. McEntee, President of AFSCME.


“Senators Snowe and Collins have many times stood up for Mainers, even when it meant getting in trouble with their political party bosses.  For the sake of our economy and the jobs of thousands of Mainers, they need to do it again and pass the jobs bill,” said Bridget Nguyen, a South Portland resident and AFSCME member.


Tom McMahon, Executive Director, Americans United for Change: "The cuts to critical state aid that Republican leaders are demanding in the name of short-term deficit reduction would actually come at the expense of hundreds of thousands of jobs and long-term deficit reduction because fewer jobs means less tax revenue and more people seeking out public assistance.  It makes absolutely no sense for the people of Maine in either the near or long term to force the state government to make tough, job-cutting decisions to fill in the huge budget gaps that cutting off additional Medicaid assistance would leave behind.  We hope Senators Collins and Snowe will listen to economists who stress that the unemployment benefits are among the most stimulative investments that can be made in a tough economy because laid off workers are more likely to spend the money quickly, giving the economy a shot in the arm.  We hope they listen to the hundreds if not thousands of teachers, firefighters, and cops in Maine whose jobs will be in jeopardy if a robust jobs bill that meets the state's urgent needs is not passed soon."


The ad comes on the heels of a June 18 Portland Press Herald editorial calling on Sens. Snowe and Collins to put politics aside and support the jobs bill.  The editorial noted that “the most immediate problem facing Maine and the nation is that the economy is growing slowly and producing too few new jobs.  The failure to pass this bill now could result in public-sector layoffs that would add to our economic woes, not solve them.”


The editorial went on to agree with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s comments that, while deficits matter, they are a secondary concern to taking “necessary policy actions to ease the recession and steady financial markets.”


The television ad will run the week of June 21 in the Portland and Bangor markets.




It’s pretty simple, the more jobs we create now, the less Federal debt they’ll have to carry later.
Because jobs not only put food on the table, they put revenue in the treasury and money in the marketplace.
More jobs equal less debt, even our kids can understand that.
Tell Senators Snowe and Collins to pass the jobs bill now.
Not just for us, but for our children.