Specifically we ask that Senator McConnell be charged with:
As set forth, we demand an impeachment trial as soon as possible.
Who is really defunding the police?
COVID-19 has hit local and state governments hard. Revenues from income tax, sales tax, property tax and transportation tolls are down tens of billions of dollars.
These dollars fund our schools. These dollars fund our trains, buses and highways. These dollars fund our police. This is how we fund our emergency responders. But these dollars are missing.
Not because they don’t exist, but simply because Republicans, like Brian Fitzpatrick and Mitch McConnell, refused to support the HEROES Act more than seven months ago, in May of 2020.
The HEROES Act would have provided up to $1 trillion to cover the revenue losses of local and state governments and public transportation systems. More recent proposals would provide just one-tenth of that amount and still, McConnell has refused to bring any stimulus up for a vote.
You might recall the panic many suburbanites expressed this summer as demands to fully fund community programs and bring in specialized teams of social workers and mediators to assist police were summarized in the unfortunate one-line demand to “defund the police”.
Yet for seven months now — since before anyone was chanting the names of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd — Republicans have been defunding our police, literally.
The Brookings Institute put out an analysis in September of 2020, showing the economic fallout from the COVID-19 impact on tax revenues for local and state governments. It will be felt to the tune of tens of billions of dollars per year through at least 2022.
This means pressure on local governments to make difficult decisions to balance their budgets. Some may look for quick-cash infusions by selling off municipally owned assets — like water systems and shuttered school properties — that could otherwise serve valuable long-term purposes.
Others will simply slash local budgets to make up the losses, or else be forced to raise taxes.
Anyone who has taken a look at municipal budgets across Bucks County knows close to 50% of every municipality’s budget goes to their police. The data is clear. Revenues are in a two-year decline, which means the chances are high that this large line item may take a hit.
Your municipality may get lucky and manage to find a way around this issue, but this is a problem for every local and state government in the country. Some will be hit harder than others.
So, where is the outrage about Mitch McConnell leading Republicans in Congress through seven months of openly defunding the police?