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Legislative Action Center

CONNECTICUT NEEDS A BUDGET NOW - IT 'S TIME WE ALL COME TOGETHER AND DO THE RIGHT THING FOR OUR MOST VULNERABLE CITIZENS!

Dear Parents & Friends:

The Governor has indicated he will veto the budget passed last week, so it is imperative that we continue telling state legislators to come together to pass a budget that fully funds essential programs and services that thousands of people depend on. The longer it takes, the more nonprofits and the people they serve will be hurt.

  • Connecticut has a bipartisan tradition of caring for people who need help. Both the Republican budget that passed and the Democratic proposal would increase funding for nonprofit human service programs, each in different ways, and we are grateful to all the lawmakers who made community based services a funding a priority.

 

  • The budget stalemate has been exhausting and difficult for everyone.

 

  • But every day without a budget and proper funding threatens vital programs across the state. We are particularly concerned about significant funding cuts under the Executive Order that will take effect on Oct. 1 without a permanent spending plan in place.

 

  • Community-based nonprofits provide the vast majority of the state's human service programs, and we thank lawmakers who are fighting to make their funding a priority. We encourage lawmakers to continue to work towards an agreement that fully funds services provided by nonprofits, building on the positives offered by each side. We also urge them to consider further cost-saving conversion of state human services into the community.

 

  • Connecticut needs a budget today that protects vital services. The people served by Connecticut's nonprofits are often society's most vulnerable. This is not the time to abandon that commitment.

Click here to read a comparison of the Republican and Democratic plans.

CLICK HERE to TAKE ACTION NOW

You can use the prepared letter or make changes.  It is helpful to ask your legislators to fund the services you need. Tell them why you need those services and what life would be like without them. Include pictures of your loved one with I/DD and your family to put a human face to the cuts. 

Questions? Please feel free to contact: Marty Schwartz, President & CEO 203.365.8522, ext. 211 or email or Jo Ann McMullan, V.P. of Development 203.365.8522, ext. 229 or email