CFA goes to D.C. to advocate for federal funding

Last week, CFA joined in national efforts to secure increase federal funding for California to help cope with the state’s massive budget deficit.

CFA’s joined with both national and local allies including SEIU International, NEA and SEIU 1000 (California State Workers union) in an effort to secure federal funding through three bills that will save and create jobs and send much-needed fiscal relief to state and local governments.

Among the bills lobbied for by CFA were:

The “Keep Our Educators Working Act”

Introduced in the U.S. Senate by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee; provides at least the same $23 billion already approved by the House in December 2009, in the Jobs for Main Street Act (H.R. 2847). This bill has the potential to bring in $2.8 billion in deferral funding back to California.

Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (FMAP) extension

This bill provides immediate fiscal relief to states and prevent jobs-killing cuts to our economy. By extending this bill California could see and increase in federal Medicaid funds to provide both direct and indirect relief to both state and local government. This bill could bring some $2.5 billion in federal offsets to California.

Local Jobs for America Act

This bill would provide federal funding to create 1 million new jobs in cities, counties, and schools.