The Legislature's coming back....
Next week, the Legislature returns from its summer break. Advocates like you have spent time connecting and communicating with your representatives in their home offices, and now it's time to bring it back to the Capitol!
The Special Session is still going. We need them to come up with a real solution to our system's problem's this year. Not only because more services and more people are jeopardized every day by underfunding - but because Governor Brown has
threatenedpromised that without new funds (see box at the end of this email), he'll assume a billion-dollar hole in his January Budget... and find the money by making cuts elsewhere. We - our system - could be that "elsewhere."
Fortunately, there are many ways for you to demand the Legislature not break faith with our community. There will be a pair of hearings on Tuesday next week, giving advocates and the public in general the chance to comment. The Assembly committee agenda is specifically focused on our system. The Senate committee (no agenda yet) will be discussing the Managed Care Organization (MCO) tax as a potential funding fix (for more on that, see prior action alert). Come out and make your voice heard!
There's also a rally, with speakers and legislators, followed by a march on the Capitol, coming together on September 3rd.
And if you can't get to Sacramento, find your representatives, and ask them - in person, on Twitter, via Facebook, phone calls, and visits - to support the Lanterman Coalition's Budget position!
Join us, and help keep the pressure on. It's been a long push, and we still have a distance to go - but that distance is our lives, our community, and our Lanterman Act.