Make your voice heard in Washington, D.C.

The MTA is strongly urging members to weigh in as soon as possible concerning the budget debate now going on in Washington, D.C.

Members of Congress and President Barack Obama are discussing plans for tax increases and budget cuts – and the results could spell real trouble for students and public education if the right course is not followed.

Congress needs to do the right thing. It’s time to stop giving tax breaks to the wealthiest 2 percent while sticking children and working families with the tab.

“Election Day was just the beginning of the fight,” said MTA President Paul Toner. “Our hard work for U.S. Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren, President Obama and many other candidates made a real difference.

“But we can’t let up,” Toner continued. “There is no better time than right now to send a message on behalf of our students. We all need to let our elected officials know how much cuts would harm our schools, colleges and universities.”

One important way for educators to get involved is by taking the“Kids Not Cuts” pledge.

Another is to share the story of what “fiscal cliff” budget cuts would mean to students and public education. To explain the impact, please visit:

Please take these steps right away and feel free to share this message with your fellow educators.

Thank you.