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CME in the public service Has human dignity become fiscally irresponsible?” “To a lot of local politicians, the answer is Yes. Instead of finding ways to meet human needs, they’ve been cutting back human services in order to balance their books. As taxpayers, we want government to meet its fiscal respon sibility. To tax people fairly and spend money wisely. . But as public employees, we want government to meet its human responsibilities, too. To provide people with dignity and comfort. We want to make sure when politicians say they’re meeting fiscal needs, they’re not ignoring human needs at the same time.” “The business of government is people? Jerry Wurf, President American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees 1625 L Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20036 More than 13,000 AFSCME members work in Texas state and local governments.