A coalition of grassroots groups will deliver letters Thursday to the Wilmington office of U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons that call on them to make the right choices for Delaware's families, including job creation, an increase in the federal minimum wage, and protection of Medicare and Medicaid.
If the federal government instead allows scheduled across-the-board cuts under the so-called fiscal cliff, Delaware’s already struggling economy will get even worse. Delaware will lose jobs: 40 Head Start workers stand to lose their jobs due to cuts in Head Start funding; 28 education jobs will be lost as a result of cuts to Title I Grants, and 350 Special Education jobs will no longer be supported by federal funding.
Some proposals to avoid the fiscal cliff would slash core programs like Medicaid and Medicare, which would cause job losses in Delaware, harm the state economy and threaten vital services to vulnerable populations. If federal Medicaid funding to states was cut by 5%, Delaware would lose an estimated $87,455,000 in potential business activity. These cuts would result in 630 job losses in Delaware alone.