1 concern of US mayors about the long-term consequences of the pandemic is the mental health of their residents, followed by learning loss for children, a Survey Finds released this morning.
why it matters: Last year, the Menino poll of mayors found the biggest concerns among mayors were financial ruin – budget crunches and service cuts. This year, thanks to a cash investment from the American Rescue Plan (ARP), their concerns have clearly shifted.
Running news: Menino’s survey of mayors campaigned for 126 mayors in cities with more than 75,000 residents over the summer – as if the delta version of COVID-19 was a frightening concern – and found less concern with crime, shifts to remote work, and canvassers. I was fleeing. Be expected.
- “One of the things that really shocked us was how concerned they were about mental health and the impact of the pandemic,” said Katherine Levine Einstein, associate professor of political science at Boston University and a principal investigator for the survey. ” ,
- “A lot of them were talking about the ways in which people felt fearful, emotionally drained, anxious, alert or on edge,” she said. “More than half of mayors are really concerned about mental health and trauma.”
- This concern is heightened when it comes to homeless residents, as it is even more difficult to help those who are facing mental health and financial challenges at the same time.
This survey is conducted annually by Boston University’s Initiative on Cities (and named after former Boston mayor Thomas Menino), mayors of 39 states were included; It bills itself as “the only nationally representative survey of America’s mayors”.
What’s changed: Last year, the mayor was depressed about the pandemic’s impact on the municipal coffers. This year, thanks to the funds earmarked for individual cities under the ARP, they find themselves with extra money.
- 4 out of 5 mayors said they would use the ARP money for “transformative purposes” on housing, infrastructure and equity, not to fill the budget gap.
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