Leadership in Action: Gov. Janet Mills joins call for unrestricted aid to state & local governments
Maine has been hit hard by COVID-19. One in seven Maine workers has recently filed an unemployment claim, and many businesses will remain shuttered for quite some time.
With the economic fallout expected to worsen, enormous strain is placed on our state and local governments, who are working tirelessly to ensure that every Mainer is safe and healthy during this time.
That’s why we’re grateful that Governor Janet Mills has joined the bipartisan call for Congress to secure an additional $500 billion in unrestricted aid to states and localities in the next COVID relief package.
As revenues decline because of loss of income and reduced spending, state and local governments will face serious financial constraints. This could lead to budget cuts that depress the economy, just as they did in 2008. While the first three federal bills included many vital resources, more aid is needed to protect workers and prepare the economy for a smooth recovery when this crisis is over.
Thank you, Governor Mills for standing up for Maine’s working families, and working to safeguard our state and local governments both now and when this pandemic is behind us!