March 4, 2011: Markey: Massachusetts Would Lose Jobs With Republican Budget Scheme

 New analysis finds MA would lose more than 17,000 jobs with 3,000 children dropped from Head Start due to GOP spending plan
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Edward J. Markey (D-Malden), dean of the Massachusetts congressional delegation, today announced a new independent, non-partisan analysis that shows Massachusetts would lose 17,100 jobs with H.R.1, the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011. This new analysis comes as the U.S. Department of Labor today reported that in February, the American economy added 222,000 jobs in the private sector and unemployment dropped to 8.9 percent. Massachusetts has an unemployment rate of 8.0 percent, and 6.5 percent in the 7th District. 

 “Today’s jobs report shows America’s economy moving in the right direction, but Republicans and Tea Party extremists are jeopardizing our economic recovery with a budget scheme that would destroy Massachusetts jobs and make our workers less competitive,” said Rep. Markey.

Deficit reduction must be a priority as we rebuild our economy and focus on our #1 priority - creating jobs. But we shouldn’t be trying to balance the budget on the backs of our students, and struggling workers and families while oil companies receive billions in tax breaks and make record profits.

“Bay Staters recognize how extreme these GOP cuts are and understand that they will harm our economy and eliminate jobs at a time when we are working to grow. I don't think that is what the American public wants, and I will continue to vigorously oppose this reckless proposal.”

Analysis of the GOP spending bill released today shows:

Nationwide, 700,000 jobs will be cut through 2012, with Massachusetts set to lose more than 17,100 jobs.
More than 8,600 community health center jobs will be eliminated in Massachusetts if the GOP budget plan is enacted
Nearly 3,000 Massachusetts children will lose access to Head Start.
Massachusetts could lose upwards of $55.9 million in job training investments under H.R.1, which would impact approximately 27,000 potential Massachusetts workers.
For more information on how H.R. 1 would affect Massachusetts, visit .