The House Ways and Means (HWM) committee released their proposed fiscal year 2014 budget on April 10. By Friday, April 16, ask your Representative to sign onto the following three priority amendments and advocate for them duirng House budget debate the following week!
You can look up your Representative and his/her contact information by entering your zip code here, Please follow all or some of the script below.
Script for Email/Call (unless otherwise noted, these amendment increase funding to programs listed):
“Hi I am ________(name), from _________(city/town). I would like to urge Representative __________ (or “you” if emailing Rep. directly) to sign onto the following priority amendments and advocate for them during House budget debate next week:
Teen Living Shelter Program, sponsored by Rep. Marty Walsh, would simply ensure the program has enough funding to maintain the current number of shelter beds. Only $500,000 more is needed to ensure the health and safety of pregnant and parenting teens and their children.
Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, amendment #496 to maintain current funding levels. Funding to teen pregnancy prevention has been cut nearly 50% since fiscal year 2008 and there are still many communities with teen birth rates well above our state average.
Employment Services Program, amendment #760. Please advocate that the bottom line for ESP is no less than $9.1 million and that the Young Parents GED Program is earmarked at $3.26 million to ensure that there is enough funding to at least level fund YPP.