Please take the time to call members of Conference Committee to advocate for teen pregnancy prevention and teen parent programs you care about. Your calls make a difference and can change the outcome for teens and young families next budget year!
The Conference Committee is where leaders from the House and Senate meet to work out the differences between the House and Senate budgets. The Conference Committee budget is sent to the Governor for him to, hopefully, sign by July 1 with inevitable vetoes and reductions to the budget. To view the outcome for teen pregnancy prevention and each teen parent program in the Senate and House budgets click here.
TAKE ACTION: Call members of Conference Committee this week:
Use some or all of the script below.
View (and email legislators) this fact sheet for more information on our Conference Committee recommendations, including talking points for each program.
Mobilize youth and colleagues to call and email as well.
Conference Committee Members:
Representative Brian Dempsey, House Ways and Means Chair: 617.722.2990, Brian.Dempsey@mahouse.gov
Representative Stephen Kulik: 617.722.2380, Stephen.Kulik@mahouse.gov
Representative Viriato DeMacedo: 617.722.2100, Vinny.deMacedo@mahouse.gov
Senator Stephen Brewer, Senate Ways and Means Chair: 617.722.1540, Stephen.Brewer@masenate.gov
Senator Jennifer Flanagan: 617.722.1230, Jennifer.Flanagan@masenate.gov
Senator Michael Knapik: 617.722.1415, Michael.Knapik@masenate.gov
SCRIPT FOR CALL OR EMAIL:
“Hi, my name is __________and I am calling/emailing from ______ (city/town) to urge (Senator or Representative)___________to support of the following recommendations in the Conference Committee budget:
1. Fund the Teen Living Shelter Program (4403-2119) at the full $8.47 million needed to avoid cuts to shelter beds once provider rates increase this July. The Senate came closest to this funding level with their proposal of $8.1 million.
2. Adopt the Senate proposal for the following line items:
- Teen Pregnancy Prevention (4530-9000) to fund at $2.54 million
- School Based Health Centers (4590-0250) to fund at $11.6 million
3. Adopt the House proposal for the following line items:
- Young Parents GED Program (part of 4401-1000) to fund the overall line item at $8.1 million and maintain level funding language for the Young Parents Program
- TANF Related Child Care (3000-4050) to fund at $125.5 million and Income Eligible Child Care (3000-4060) to fund at $231.9 million - Both accounts support teen parent child care
- The Young Parent Support Program (part of 4800-0038) to fund at $248.1 million overall and maintain FY12 language referencing young parent programs
4. Adopt either the House or Senate proposal for Healthy Families (3000-7000) and fund at $10.5 million.
We’re in the home stretch of the FY13 budget process, so please keep up your hard work. Even if a program has fared well so far in the budget process, there are no guarantees of a positive outcome with Conference Committee. Your legislators need to hear from you and youth served by these programs!