The devastating economic blow to our economy and the horrendous loss of jobs requires that our federal and state governments step up to the plate and help those in need.
*Jobless benefits until our families get back on their feet.
*Aid for small businesses so they can rebuild and rehire.
*Help for the destitute who cannot afford food, shelter or basic health care.
The stimulus bill passed by Congress is a start, but it will not be enough.
State governments are partners in the solution, and the loss of tax revenue has also impacted their ability to serve the public and deliver essential services. The next bill passed by Congress must replenish their depleted unemployment funds, coffers drained by skyrocketing medical bills and the demands placed on first responders. If it becomes clear that significant numbers of unemployed Americans are having difficulty finding work, going forward we should put them to work on infrastructure projects that serve the public good, helps put our economy back on track and provide jobs to those who need them.