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Federal funding crucial to economic recovery

One of the main things we have learned over the last few months is how much we rely on working people, including health-care professionals, delivery drivers, grocery store employees and public-service workers.

I am a licensed practical nurse (LPN) at Ebensburg Center in Cambria County, and I provide direct care to individuals with intellectual disabilities.

I am on the front lines of this battle against COVID-19. I have not been able to stay home and isolate myself. I need to go to work.

My workplace is a state-funded entity, and I fear the repercussions of lost revenue and budget cuts that will likely result from this crisis. That is why I am urging the federal government to pass significant funding for state, county and municipal governments.

If we don’t get the proper funding, my job, and that of countless public servants, including those in emergency services, road crews, sanitation, corrections, parole and probation, children and youth services, health care and more, are at risk, which endangers the safety and economic security of our communities.

We need at least $700 billion more for state and local governments.

We need the flexibility to use these grants and substantial funds must be provided to local governments directly based on local needs.

The $150 billion in state and local aid included in the CARES Act should also be freed up to fill gaps that are not specific to COVID-19.

We need to stabilize state and local government finances and ensure that essential services such as clean water, public safety, and trash collection can be maintained.

Tell Congress to do its part to fund the front lines and pass state and local aid for public services.

Public service workers are critical to fighting this pandemic and re-opening our economy. America can do neither if we lay them off.

Mary Fenton

Johnstown

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