Will funding be newly-restored, or newly-cut?
Just 11 people will decide, and only you can convince them to make the right choice!
The Senate and Assembly have each approved different State Budgets that - if passed - will have drastically different effects on our system. As a community, you have done amazing work. They heard your calls, saw your tweets and FaceBook posts, and read your faxes. They know the Lanterman Coalition's position matters to you!
That's why this next step matters so much. This is our final push this year with the Legislature - though there will be more targeted work with Governor needed in the near future. But before we fight his potential veto, we need to win in the Legislature.
Start making calls, sending faxes, and getting on social media NOW. A "Conference" committee will be meeting for the next few days to decide what parts of those Budgets they like. ARCA and the rest of the Lanterman Coalition continues to support an immediate, across-the-board 10% funding increase, and 5% annual increases until funding is reformed. Together, those components will #KeepThePromise. But it'll only happen if you call each person on this short list!
Without immediate funding, programs will continue to close, and critical services and supports will be lost. And with no long-term reform, our system will continue to crumble. So right now, the most important thing you can do is pick up the phone, and go through this list.
If you did it before, you know how easy it is. If you haven't done it yet, you'll be shocked at how simple it is. And when you're done, you can rest assured, knowing thatyou have been, and continue to be, a key part of this fight for our entire service system.