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Iowa AFL-CIO: Iowa Stands to Lose Massive Funding for Education, Healthcare and Public Safety from Sequester Cuts

Iowa AFL-CIO says Republicans take economy hostage to protect tax loopholes for corporations and wealthy –

Des Moines Iowa, February 28, 2013 A report from the Senate Appropriations Committee shows that Congressional Republicans’ ‘threats to harm the economy by letting automatic across-the-board budget cuts – called “sequestration” – go forward on March 1, 2013 would cause Iowa to lose enormous funding for education, public safety, healthcare and job training.

The report further proves that Republicans’ insistence on cutting Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare benefits to pay for tax loopholes for corporations and the wealthiest 2 percent would directly harm working families.

These drastic cuts would slash Title I funds from more than 2,700 schools cutting support for nearly 1.2 million disadvantaged students. Title I funds , the largest federal-funded education program in the United States, meaning schools would be left struggling to pay for teachers and tutors. Iowa will lose approximately $6.4 million in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 90 teacher and aide jobs at risk.

Critical grants for public safety would be cut back by $6,428.300, leaving fire departments understaffed and working without necessary, critical equipment.

“Yet again, Republicans in Congress are threatening to throw the economy back into recession unless Democrats agree to benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid,” said Ken Sagar, President of the Iowa Federation of Labor AFL-CIO. “They are willing to allow deep across the board cuts that hurt working families to go into effect rather than close wasteful tax loopholes and demand corporations and the richest 2% pay their fair share. We need to invest in our economy and our people by creating more jobs, not cutting them. Congress must stop protecting corporations and the richest 2% and cancel the sequester immediately.”

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