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"Connecticut Needs Jobs"
Connecticut Citizen Action's Tom Swan, left, and AFSCME Local 1186 President Jim Amato talk to reporters about the American Jobs Act.
Millions of Americans are out of work and having trouble providing for their families.
Unemployment in Connecticut is over 9%. Most of the 8,000 jobs lost this summer were in local government.
"The pain can be felt right here in New Britain," says Jim Amato, general parks foreperson for the City of New Britain and president of AFSCME Local 1186.
Amato says there is clear answer to alleviating the pain: the American Jobs Act, the president's $25 billion plan to create millions of good jobs by rebuilding our nation's crumbling schools, highways and bridges.
Like Amato, Sue Truglio, a New Britain school teacher and president of the New Britain Federation of Teachers, wants the president's plan passed immediately:
"The American Jobs Act will put more money in the pockets of working Americans, help small businesses expand and grow, and rebuild our nation's infrastructure, including our public schools.”
Joel Wendrow, a city engineer for New Britain and president of AFSCME Local 1303-332, says it's time for Congress to focus on creating jobs:
"I understand the debate about debt reduction. But it’s a false debate. Putting people back to work is the best way to reduce the national debt. When people are working, they are spending money locally on products and services."
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