Concerned Delawareans on Wednesday denounced devastating federal budget cuts scheduled to take place in just nine days, calling instead for fair taxes on the wealthy and large corporations, during a rally organized by the Americans for Democratic Action.
Mike Begatto, Executive Director of Delaware Public Employees Council 81 AFSCME, connected the cuts to its impact on our state government. “The State of Delaware counts on over $2 billion in federal grant funding each year to support important public investments and programs such as our national guard, housing assistance, veterans employment, public safety, and highway construction. Our state is already facing a $56 million budget shortfall. If Congress does not stop the sequester, 4.8% of our state’s revenue will be gone.”
Other speakers included Maggie O'Neal, a social services technician for the Division of Family Services in the State of Delaware's Department of Services for Children, Youth & Their Families and Jerry Peden, a retired teacher from Georgetown.
The event was co-sponsored by Begatto’s Council 81, the Delaware State Education Association, the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare; and the Service Employees International Union, Local 32BJ.
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