June 18, 2012
Caption: Mayor Greg Stanton
Mayor Greg Stanton said he was pleased when the U.S. Conference of Mayors passed a resolution Saturday to protect defense and aerospace jobs, “but our work doesn’t end here.”
Stanton and a Defense Transition Task Force of mayors from around the country will work with their Congressional leaders and industries in their respective cities to protect thousands of jobs from federal sequestration cuts.
“We as mayors have the opportunity to let Washington know how these cuts will affect our cities’ economies, families and future,” Stanton said. “But we’ve got to act now because thousands of jobs are at risk, and we can’t afford this type of hit to our economies. Congress has to get back to the negotiating table before the pink slips are sent out.”
Mayors from across the country gathered in Orlando, Fla. last week for the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ annual meeting. They adopted the resolution (PDF) encouraging Congress and the Administration to:
- Be cognizant of the impact of any realignment of the defense budget on the cities and metro areas in which defense industrial activity plays a significant role in the workforce and economy; and
- Ensure that any realignment of defense spending that occurs does not result in significant and/or abrupt dislocations in workforces that are involved, directly or indirectly, in defense-related work; and
- Support the development of alternative applications of defense technologies and alternative uses of defense facilities that have the potential to open new opportunities for business and job development; and
- Establish an open channel of communication with the nation’s mayors on continuing efforts to maintain stability in the local economies in which defense-related activity plays a role; and
- Agree on a budget for FY 2013 and a plan to reduce federal budget deficits
- without resorting to the sequestration process to be imposed in January 2013 under the Budget Control Act – sequestration that ignores both short-term and long-term policy impacts to health and welfare of our military forces and our Nation’s security.
Stanton and mayors nationwide returned to their respective cities and will work to protect jobs as defense and aerospace industries begin to cut back their budgets this fall in advance of sequestration cuts in January. In Arizona, 33,208 private-sector jobs are at risk, according to a George Mason University study.
For more information on defense sequestration cuts, read the news release issued June 11 regarding Stanton's appointment to the U.S. Conference of Mayors' Defense Transition Task Force.