Letter from Kucinich to Chairman Principi (05/17/2005) Page: 2 of 2
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The Secretary is required to consider the economic impact on existing communities in the
vicinity of military installations5. The Department of Defense erroneously states that a 0.1% job
loss within the Cleveland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) has minimal economic impact.
However, the Department of Defense failed to take into account the current economic position of
the Cleveland area. Cleveland has been labeled as the poorest city in the country today. Its
poverty rate of 31.3% is the highest in he nation, according to the most recent Census Bureau
data from 2003.6' Cleveland's #1 ranking in poverty rate results from the significant job losses in
the steel and manufacturing industries over the past several decades. These job losses continue.
For example, the current 2006 budget recently passed by Congress would slash up to 700 high
paying federal jobs at the NASA Glenn Research Center. The economy around Cleveland is
Clearly, a 0.1% job loss for Cleveland is far more damaging than such a loss in another city with
a better economic base. For example, the three cities scheduled to gain additional jobs from
Cleveland's BRAC losses have poverty rates that are half to a third of Cleveland's. The poverty
rates (and rarkings) are 16.5% (35th), 13.6% (49"), and 12.6% (55") for Columbus, Denver, and
Indianapolis respectively. This BRAC round will secure for the foreseeable future Cleveland's
"-I poverty rankug.
This is clear evidence that closures of these facilities in the Cleveland area fall outside the
criteria of the BRAC process. I therefore request the BRA.C Commission to reverse the job losses
in the Cleveland area.
Denns J. Kucinich
Member of Congress
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