Budget Watch

In an effort to keep our stakeholders informed about the state of California budget, and how the budget will impact funding, as well as programs and services, we post news on “Budget Watch”. This page features updates from the Governor and Legislature, links to important news articles and various budget and advocacy related web sites, as well as important information about how you can get involved to make a difference. Visit this page regularly to keep current on budget issues.

ARCA Action Alert - Still time to Contact Legislators

We need your help more than ever!  Please see action alert from ARCA below and please take a few moments to call, tweet, fax  each of the legislators on the Budget Conference Committee list.  Every single contact you make with members of the Budget Conference Committee will make a difference!

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.

 
A thirty-second call. A simple script. And the potential to give new life to the services and supports that serve people with developmental disabilities. Is it really that easy? YES!
 
Amplifying your voice is CRITICAL. Can you ask a favor from your friends? Click that envelope to ask them to help you - and our whole system!
 
Click to tell your followers and the Governor that you support this campaign to #KeepThePromise. Tag your own legislators, too!
 
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