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Campaign Kicks Off for Jobs and Economic Recovery in Missouri

January 6, 2009

St. Louis, MO - Rallies across Missouri this week are calling for quick action on national economic recovery efforts. Joan Suarez with Missouri Pro-Vote says people are losing jobs, homes and health coverage every single day, and it's time for Missourians to let their voices be heard. She hopes Congress will quickly act on a "people's bailout" to fund so-called "shovel-ready" projects.

"It's because that puts people to work, it puts people to work right away, and it's the kind of money that goes back into the economy and begins to make the economy turn around again."

Suarez says there are 34 such "shovel-ready" projects in Missouri, worth 510 million dollars, that could be launched almost immediately if Congress approves the funds.

Suarez says Missouri has an unemployment rate of 6.5 percent, a number she expects to rise. She says Congress doesn't have time to drag its feet, and an economic stimulus package that includes spending on infrastructure should be the first bill signed by President Obama.

"We've got ourselves into a really deep recession with the job loss that has happened and continues to happen. We just need to move it as quickly as we possibly can."

Obama aides have said the plan could cost as much as $775 billion, and that money would be spent on infrastructure, health, education, energy projects and tax cuts. The President-elect is seeking to create or save three million jobs over the next two years as part of the stimulus package.

Missouri Pro-Vote teamed up with Jobs With Justice and the ACORN coalition in organizing the rallies, which begin in St. Louis today, continue in Kansas City Wednesday, and will go on across the state through January 12th.

For more information go to www.missouriprovote.org.

Laura Thornquist, Public News Service - MO