IAEM-USA along with a coalition of 300 diverse stakeholder organizations, sent a joint letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, endorsing budget reconciliation language providing $350 billion in flexible aid for our states, cities, counties, tribes, and territories. The coalition encouraged the House and Senate to swiftly pass this urgently needed aid. Many states and localities have seen their revenues plummet as a result of the pandemic, even as costs have risen sharply to fight the virus and to help millions of struggling people and businesses. State revenues are down some seven percent compared to before the pandemic, even as the need for state services has skyrocketed, with one in three adults struggling to meet household expenses. Meanwhile, many cities and counties have been hit even harder. The average city with falling revenues has seen collections drop by 21 percent, even as costs have soared, and counties face similar conditions. Download the letter here.