State Budget Action Alert
We need a fully-funded state budget that restores human services funding to provide essential services and support throughout the state of Illinois.
Today, January 24th, at 2 p.m., the Senate Appropriations I Committee will hear SB6, Amendment 1, the budget bill negotiated by Senate leadership. This bill includes funding for the remainder of FY17 for human services.
Here are some of the items included in SB6, Amendment 1:
Safe from the Start: $600,000
Healthy Families $9.947 million
CCBYS $16.6 million
Redeploy $5.07 million
Homeless Youth $4.63 million
Please encourage your friends and colleagues to call their Senators and Representatives to support SB6, Amendment 1.
Here are steps everyone can take below.
Here’s how you can help right now
CALL YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE
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Sample call script: You will likely speak to a staff member. Please tell the staff member the following:
Vote yes on SB6, Amendment 1, which provides funding for the rest of this fiscal year for vital human services. SB6, Amendment 1, includes funding for:
- Safe from the Start
- Youth Services – including CCBYS, Homeless Youth and Redeploy
- Healthy Families
If you get the opportunity to speak directly with your state senator, consider sharing information about the impact that the budget stalemate has had on your program thus far. This could include reductions in numbers of children and/or families served and what you anticipate the impact of a continued impasse would be.
POST ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Sample Facebook post:
[Tag your Senator] We need a budget now to restore human services funding and get essential services and support to children and families in Illinois. Take action. #ILBudgetNow
[Include a link to the lookup page to encourage others to take action www.childrenshomeandaid.org/findmyelected ]
Sample Twitter post (tweet):
We need a budget now to restore human services funding [@local senator’s Twitter handle] #ILBudgetNow