At Bill's behest, I called CAF's special toll free number (866-544-7573) to get connected to the Capitol switchboard and support the stimulus.
After the introductory message, it connected me to the switchboard. All circuits busy. Wow.
So, I sent this in to Sen. Collins via her “email” form.
I was very surprised and disappointed that because of your work on the stimulus package, states will lose out on help that they need to provide critical services. All across America, states are laying off teachers, police, firefighters, and other employees who provide necessary services, such as those to the elderly. In Massachusetts, the Boston Globe reports today that elder abuse and neglect has skyrocketed, in part because the programs that take care of the elderly have been cut.
These cuts are not only recessionary and counter-stimulative, they are cruel. They are not “moderate”. They reduce the positive effect that the stimulus passage might have, especially considering how deep the recession is expected to be.
I am not from Maine, but I am surely affected by your work. I hope you'll reconsider these cuts, and vote for a reconciled stimulus package that includes the restored monies for states and education.
If we want that money restored in conference committee … now's the time to make noise. There's a lot at stake; now's a good time for a little “grassroots governance.”