State and local jobs are on the line; tell Collins: Pass the HEROES Act

Dear MSEA-SEIU Member,

The $1.4 billion state revenue shortfall over the next three years just got real.

The Mills administration yesterday directed all state departments and agencies to identify, by Aug. 19, proposals for budget cuts amounting to 10 percent of the current-year state budget. The only exception is the Maine DOT, which must identify 5 percent in cuts. The cuts would continue in the next two-year state budget.

There’s more: Maine cities and towns are expecting to lose $146 million in revenues this year alone. That shortfall could threaten services and jobs provided by our members who work for municipal governments.

These shortfalls are real. Mainers have increasingly counted on state and local services (Maine Department of Labor and DHHS among them) during this pandemic. State departments remain understaffed. Workloads remain impossible for scores of our members.

The state can’t cut its way out of this pandemic without causing real harm to state and local workers, public services and the people we serve. To prevent harm, we all need to:

Take action now to prevent cuts in state and local jobs and services. Join me in telling Senator Collins: Pass the HEROES Act.

In Solidarity,
Dean Staffieri
President, MSEA-SEIU Local 1989

Updated: August 6, 2020 — 12:49 PM