Maloney Hails Passage of Bill to Save New York Jobs

Aug 10, 2010
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today hailed the House passage of the Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act, which provides $10 billion in funding to create an Education Jobs Fund that is projected to save more than 161,000 teacher jobs nationwide. It also provides $16.1 billion in Medicaid assistance to the states that, by reducing state budget shortfalls and stimulating the economy, will save and create an additional 158,000 jobs and help prevent the layoffs of police officers and firefighters. The legislation will deliver more than $600 million to New York State to save the jobs of an estimated 8,200 New York teachers and $2.2 billion to provide health care to vulnerable New Yorkers through the Medicaid program.

The House had been called back to DC to vote on the Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act to prevent further layoffs among state and local workers. The vote was 247-161.

State and local governments continue to feel the effects of the Great Recession, losing 169,000 jobs since the start of 2010, according to a report released earlier today by the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC), which Maloney chairs.

Congresswoman Maloney said, “This legislation is critical to help avoid additional state and local layoffs in New York and across the country. In analyzing employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2010, we found a disturbing trend of accelerating job losses for those who are the backbone of our communities---teachers, firefighters and police. With the start of the new school year just a few weeks away, the House has acted in the nick of time, sending this legislation over to the President for his signature. This legislation will save the jobs of more than 8,000 New York teachers and will help the state provide vital medical services to its vulnerable residents.”

The JEC report, prepared by the Majority Staff, analyzes trends in the Bureau of Labor Statistics employment data from 2010 and finds that state and local layoffs have accelerated over the three most recent months, with 102,000 workers losing their jobs in May, June or July. K-12 educators have borne the brunt of these job cuts.

State and local workers in New York have not been immune from the overall decline. Since August 2008, 29,900 state and local workers in New York have lost their jobs, with 12,400 of those layoffs occurring in the first six months of 2010.