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The President’s Jobs Plan Will Grow Our Economy by Putting Teachers, Cops and Firefighters Back to Work; Romney Would Cut Their Jobs like He Did in Massachusetts

President Obama’s jobs plan would put teachers back in classrooms and first responders back on our streets, part of his plan to help create up to a million new jobs that Congress left on the table last year. Mitt Romney has a different plan – he wants to cut jobs for teachers, policeman and firefighters, just like he did in Massachusetts, undermining our recovery and hurting the middle class. Romney Economics didn’t work then and it won’t work now.

Public-Sector Jobs: As we’ve created nearly 4.3 million private-sector jobs over the last 27 months, we’ve lost 450,000 state and local government jobs – many of them teachers and first responders. In the last 18 months, we’ve added private-sector jobs every month but lost public-sector jobs in 16 of them. According to leading economists, public-sector job losses are dragging down the economy.

Mitt Romney didn’t value jobs for teachers, police and firefighters when he was governor of Massachusetts, and he doesn’t now. He’d cut those jobs, but that’s not the way to grow our economy. A leading economist even said Romney’s plans to slash investments would actually push the economy back into recession.

Romney Economics is the same failed plan for growth now that it was in Massachusetts. Romney slashed investments in local aid, costing 14,500 teachers, cops, librarians and others their jobs. On his watch, the state ranked 47th out of 50 in job creation. Romney Economics didn’t work then and it won’t work now.

  • Teachers felt the system was out to get them, and it was with Romney in charge. Many feared young teachers would lose their passion and leave teaching altogether. Massachusetts classrooms got more crowded on Romney’s watch.
  • Police: Fewer cops meant fewer arrests and more criminals who got away. Massachusetts cities were less safe on Romney’s watch – both murder and robbery rates went up over his term.
  • Firefighters: Romney vetoed millions of dollars for the clothing, safety equipment and technology that keep firefighters alive when they run into burning buildings. He also vetoed more than $1 million for fire education. The vetoes were so wrong that both parties in the State House and Senate overrode them unanimously.

President Obama knows we need to grow our economy and jumpstart job creation by addressing weak areas identified in May’s jobs report, namely public employees and construction workers. His plan would help stop those layoffs, putting teachers, cops, firefighters and construction workers back to work. It would also spur small business hiring, make job-creating investments in clean energy and help veterans find jobs.

Worthwhile Investments: President Obama has always stood by those who teach our children, patrol our streets and run into burning buildings. He saved their jobs because they’re important to their families and ours. It’s a worthwhile investment for everyone.

  • Teachers: So far he has helped states prevent massive layoffs of more than 400,000 educators nationwide. His jobs plan would help support 325,000 more jobs for teachers in classrooms across the country.
  • Police: He’s supported hiring police officers with grants and investments that help state and local law enforcement maximize their resources and encourage their best public-safety efforts. His jobs plan will keep cops on streets across the country.
  • Firefighters: He’s supported hiring programs, provided safety equipment and modernized firehouses that have helped firefighters keep their jobs and stay safe. His jobs plan will keep firefighters on the job across the country.